Dr Michelle Schmidt has been involved in private and public education for more than 30 years, as a preschool supervisor, educational assistant (Hutterite Colony), teacher, school psychologist, adult educator, and school-based administrator. Presently, Michelle is Director of Instruction (Student Support) in the Surrey School District. Throughout her career, Michelle has been involved in many initiatives geared toward meeting the needs of children and youth who have complex needs. Michelle has been on numerous conference planning committees, and has presented at several conferences in a variety of areas including school refusal, inter-disciplinary collaboration, health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities, and deafblindness.
Michelle is a member of the British Columbia Council of Administrators for Special Education, the Council for Exceptional Children, Deafblind International, the Surrey School District Applied Behaviour Analysis Advisory Committee, the Online Mental Health and Autism Expert Advisory Committee, and the British Columbia School Superintendents Association. Michelle was recipient of the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocate Award in 2017, and an award entitled, Recognizing Students who Persevere with Empathy and Compassion, was created in Michelle's honour in 2013. Michelle is a passionate advocate for all children, youth, and their families. When Michelle is not working, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and photography.