Michelle earned a PhD at the Institute for Positive Psychology in Education (IPPE), Australian Catholic University (ACU) for her doctoral studies, involving participatory action research encompassing theoretical frameworks across wellbeing, resilience and social-emotional skills. These areas are set within a paradigm of domains premised on the vital role of learning, leadership and social capital in changing times. She has a deep understanding of adult learning principles and vast experience in working with individuals through to large groups and audiences.

As a lifelong learner, Michelle has attained several other Masters degrees from the University of Sydney and UNSW. She is an accomplished author and has worked across different sectors, states and countries spanning varied educational agendas as a speaker, conference presenter and consultant. Michelle’s background in education, as an educational leader and teacher combined with her commitment to guide others to achieve their goals has enabled her to demonstrate empathy, humour and a unique ability to work alongside people of culturally diverse backgrounds, ages and ability levels. She is currently undertaking the JD Law Degree at UNSW.


  • PhD. Institute for Positive Psychology & Education, Australian Catholic University
  • Executive Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching, University of Technology
  • Diploma in School Compliance, Association of Independent Schools (NSW)
  • Master of Educational Administration & Leadership, University of New South Wales
  • Certificate of School Management, University of New South Wales
  • Master of Education, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Education, Australian Catholic University
  • Diploma of Education, Catholic College of Education (Australian Catholic University)