Dr. Michelle Pierce
Born and raised in a small oil town in rural western Pennsylvania, Michelle is the proud product of public schooling and the daughter of a high school history teacher who retired after 35 years in the classroom. She attended Wellesley College on an academic scholarship and was fortunate to take advantage of their year-long study abroad program in France. Upon graduation, she returned to her home state to pursue an master of arts in teaching degree at the University of Pittsburgh and then spent four years teaching French and Spanish to 9th-12th graders in a suburban high school outside of Pittsburgh. Michelle returned to New England in 1996 to begin her doctoral program in literacy, language, and cultural studies at Boston University. Over the next four years, she taught in a family literacy/ESL program in Chelsea and conducted research on two-way bilingual education in Cambridge. In 2000, Michelle accepted a faculty position in Salem State’s School of Education, where she has served in numerous administrative roles, including department chairperson and assistant coordinator of the university’s Honors Program. A Fulbright Scholarship afforded her the opportunity to teach abroad in Chile and further hone her Spanish skills during the spring of 2009. She remains active in schools through teaching and research and is particularly committed to the diverse populations in Salem and Lynn. A resident of Salem since 2002, Michelle was delighted to become Salem State’s representative to the Salem Education Foundation, where she is able to bring together her commitment to education and her love for the Salem community.