Librarian in Birmingham, Alabama
Michelle Wilson is the passionate, often quirky writer behind the must-read blog, A Southern Ruckus. Originally an Azalea City native, Michelle has now found her forever home in Birmingham, Alabama. Three decades of pursuing knowledge in education have given her various credentials, including multiple degrees and certifications in the field...but all that really matters is that Michelle cares about students and enjoys working with them to design new learning experiences.
Michelle considers National Board Teacher Certification the highest quality professional development available to teachers, and has achieved certification in the field of school librarianship. She has served in various leadership roles in her local schools as well as within her district, state, and national organizations as well. Being awarded leadership recognitions and grants for her work as an instructional leader have continued to infuse an enthusiasm for striving for better in her school and district. One of her favorite roles is mentoring new teachers and librarians.
The ruckus surely doesn’t stop there, as she’s also an orphan care advocate, a high school librarian, an adoptive and foster mom, and an enthusiast of instructional technology, travel, the arts, education policy, and so much more. Above all loves, Michelle’s priority is family—the man of her dreams AND her three lovely daughters in particular, who also happen to be princesses (the latter, not-so-much the former).
Michelle's newest academic adventure is pursuing a PhD in Instructional Leadership, with a concentration in Instructional Technology. She believes her work as a researcher in this field will enable her to provide even better instruction, service, and knowledge to parents, administrators, and teenagers as they navigate the digital waters of today's society.
Leadership positions (past and present): school leadership team, lead mentor, school technology representative, zone leader for district school librarians, budget committee, principal's designee
Academic organization sponsorships (past and present) include: yearbook, TED-Ed, National Honor Society, Book Club, Junior United Nations Assembly
American Association of School Librarians - Region V Director, assessor of sessions for national conference
Alabama School Library Association - President, Pres-Elect, and Conference Chair