Member Spotlight: Michelle Baker-Herring

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We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Michelle Baker-Herring, Principal, Southgate Anderson High School

How long have you worked in education?
19 years

How long have you been an administrator?
14 years

Give us a few personal details.
I met my husband Ron when I was fourteen and 30 years later he is still my best friend and husband of 20 years. We are into cars, motorcycles, camping, and floating on our pontoon on Belleville Lake. I spend much of my free time with my nieces and nephews and running as my goal is to sign up for a full marathon in 2018.

Tell us about a program/initiative at your school that you are proud of.
We have completely re-designed how we provide services to our students with IEPs. While we still have our Cross-Categorical and Math and ELA Resource Room Programming, our Co-teaching model looks very different. We have four special education teachers, each one is assigned to a department, ELA, Math, and Science Social Studies. They work with the department to accommodate assessments and assignments as well as weekly monitoring of every student with an IEP that is in the department. Any student that has 70% or below has a conference with that department consultant, parent contact is made, and is then assigned to Mandatory Lunch Assistance (MLA) to make up missing assignments, do test corrections, or review for upcoming tests. The failure rates for students with IEPs have been reduced by half since the program began.

Tell us about a training or book you've read recently that you found to be beneficial.
I have been exploring, researching, and attending trainings on Restorative Practices. These practices align well to our work on school culture and climate. I attended the two-day presentation by The Black Family Development Organization at my ISD and have since had them present at our High School. We are making the shift from the traditional way of assigning consequences for bad behavior to a more relational approach of managing conflict and repairing harm to those involved.

What do you most value about your MASSP membership?
The abundance of resources! I have found every MASSP sponsored professional development opportunity extremely beneficial and the information is always presented so that I can take it and use it immediately with my staff and/or students.

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