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Michelle Chao
Phone: 831.477.3502
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Office Hours: Spring 2019
Main Campus
By appointment
room 1506C
Location: 1506C

Children's CenterEarly Childhood Education


Michelle Chao
ECE Instructor

B.A in Politics from UCSC and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from SJSU

Please call me Michelle!
I have had the pleasure of working in Santa Cruz County as an elementary bilingual teacher since 1997. I have been teaching at Cabrillo College and in the Early Childhood Education department since 2001.

I grew up in Southern California in a bilingual, Spanish speaking home. I am a second generation latinx and my preferred gender pronouns are she, her, and hers. I was adopted when I was six years old by my father. My childhood family consisted of married parents (who later divorced) and a younger brother. I consider myself multi-cultural as I grew up in the United States with Cuban, Guatemalan and American influences.

In 2018, my family of today was expanded (and transformed) with the addition of a preschool aged daughter. I am now the proud and busy single mother of a tween and four year old through adoption! We identify as a multicultural, transracial family with American, Latino and Ethiopian influences. You may see my children's pictures scattered throughout the course during the semester. They are my greatest teachers and I have found that there is always something new to learn as a parent, teacher, and life long learner.

As a student, I too attended a Community College to achieve my academic and professional goals. I was the first in my family to attend and complete college. Due to this reason, I found college difficult to navigate as I did not understand the systems in place or have role models within my family to support my journey into university. I later transferred to the University of California Santa Cruz as a Politics major with a minor in Psychology. I obtained my Master's degree in Education at San Jose State College while working full-time as a teacher and attending night classes. I personally understand how busy and challenging students' lives can be in terms of balancing the needs of family, work and school.

I feel privileged to work at Cabrillo Collge and hope to support you in your academic and professional journey. Please contact me if I can be of support at the college level (as well as in our class together). I am happy to meet you individually for academic advising and to guide you through the Child Development Permit process.

As a teacher, some of my areas of specialization include bilingual education, issues related to social justice, equity and inclusion, anti-bias education, partnering with families, positive guidance and social emotional development. I am also a resource for issues related to adoption and foster care.

I love teaching and I love my students! Please make a point of stopping by my office to meet in person (1506C).

I look forward to getting to know each of you and our semester together!

Michelle

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