“Team@expii” is a weekly blog series to help our followers get to know us here at Expii.
Meet Michelle Newstadt!
Michelle is our Director of Education, and has been with us for two years. Get to know her in her interview below.
What do you do at Expii?
At Expii, I help to design the curricular maps, guide content creation, design pilot studies with schools and students, talk to teachers and parents and conduct user tests. It is a lot of fun to be at a startup because I get to work on many different projects and wear many different hats.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Wayne, NJ which is a suburb of New York City. After college, I lived in NYC for several years before moving to Michigan (Go Blue!) for grad school.
What are your personal interests/hobbies?
I love doing anything outside with my husband and kids: skiing, biking, hiking, tennis. I also like baking, traveling, and enjoying great ice cream.
How did you get into teaching? What do you like about it?
I taught skiing for many years and loved working with kids of all ages. I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to teach middle and high school science in an independent school in NYC. I liked the daily interactions with students and the constant challenge of getting students excited and involved in learning complex science. And now, I teach classes called Science Methods at the University of Pittsburgh to prepare students to be secondary science teachers.
What’s a unique fact about you?
I’m a certified Professional Ski Instructor. I taught skiing at a small mountain in NJ throughout high school and passed my certification exam. Then, I taught at Park City Mountain Resort for a season and it was awesome!
What’s something you’ve achieved?
I’ve completed “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride” with Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Along with thousands of other cyclists, I biked a century (100 miles in one day) around Lake Tahoe. It was an incredibly inspirational and rewarding experience. It got me hooked on biking and I started to do events to raise money for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp where I used to be a summer camp counselor.
What’s an Expii project you’ve worked on and are proud of?
I’m really proud of the Pre-Algebra and Algebra maps and the work that the content team has done. I’m also very excited about the launch of the teacher dashboard.
What’s your favorite thing about Expii?
Expii’s mission is incredible! Giving the world access to free, personalized STEM learning can really be a game changer and it is exciting to be a part of it from the beginning.