Staff - The Discovery School


The Discovery School Staff

Michelle Barreras

Head of School, The Discovery School

Michelle joins The Discovery School after having spent the past three years teaching Kindergarten at the Nueva School in Hillsborough. Her professional career in early childhood education includes teaching preschool ages and kindergarten in both the Chicago and Winnetka Public Schools. While teaching in Winnetka, historically known for their leadership role in progressive education, she took part in the early stages of bringing the Reggio Emilia Approach to the Chicago area. In addition to teaching young children, Michelle has presented multiple times, including for the Progressive Education Network (PEN). As a lecturer and student teacher coordinator/supervisor in higher education, and as a mentor teacher in her classroom, she has supported the development of new teacher’s understandings of the value of progressive education for all children. Through her professional affiliations, various conference presentations, and professional development, Michelle is a staunch advocate for play and joy, social emotional learning, and the implementation of a progressive pedagogy in the classroom. Most recently, while presenting at The World Forum in New Zealand, Michelle joined The Working Group on Children’s Rights.