Michelle Vanhala

Alexi Callaway 
English and Integrated Sciences for Secondary Education major

Majors: English and Integrated Sciences for Secondary Education

Grad School plans: Doctorate in education

Career goal: Professor of teacher education

Senior Honors Project: “The Transformative Teacher Project: Identifying characteristics and practices of transformative educators”

Study abroad: United Kingdom, China and Ghana

Other research: Member of the First Generation College Student Research Team that examined first generation college students who went on to obtain a doctoral degree.

Presentation/publication: “The Transformative Teacher Project” at the Hawaii International Conference on Education and “The Importance of Failure as Part of the Engineering Process,” Michigan Science Teachers Association Journal, Fall 2013, Volume 58.2

Other CMU involvement: President of the Honors Outreach Network, Leadership Safari guide, CMU Student Government Association vice president, 2013 Homecoming Ambassador, Writing Center tutor and three Alternative Breaks.

How Honors will help you postgraduation: “Thanks to the Honors Program, I think more critically about the world around me and constantly evaluate myself to see how I can make a positive impact. These are skills I will emphasize in my own classroom someday.”