Michelle Catudal started teaching at CMP Carmichael in 2012. She graduated from Sac State with a degree in Child Development and an emphasis in Elementary Education. She obtained her Teaching Credential at William Jessup University and her Elementary Montessori Credential 1&2 at Montessori Training Center in Shingle Springs. During her journey of turning her hobby into career, she has fallen in love with the Montessori way of teaching and living, as well as the Positive Discipline (by Dr. Jane Nelsen) behavior management philosophy.
Michelle was born in Berlin, Germany, while her dad was stationed there playing Football for the Army. Her mom is from Berlin and she enjoyed a family-filled childhood until she moved to Hawaii after High School. After a few years of sun and surf, she decided to rejoin her family and move back to Berlin, where she met her husband Ray and had two sons, Steven and Shawn. She was a TGI Friday’s manager until she discovered her passion of working with children. She had the privilege of being a preschool teacher for the American Embassy in Berlin.
Fast forward 20 years, Ray and Michelle now live in Sacramento, while her oldest son Steven goes to Seton Hall University in New Jersey and her younger son Shawn is taking a gap year playing Ice Hockey in Steamboat Colorado before going to St. Thomas University in Minnesota.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys to swim, read, walk, travel, and meet with friends. She collects salt and pepper shakers, and loves learning about other cultures.
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Emma Bell will be joining the Coral Reef team to serve as the new Lead Teacher. Ms. Emma describes CMP as speaking to her passions as a teacher: “It aligns to my approach to teaching - giving students a voice and an opportunity to connect to each other and in turn to what they are learning. The key is that each student must feel included and engaged in their own experience of learning, this is why I appreciate the Montessori approach to education. As a teacher, I see myself in the role of advocate, guiding my students toward their academic success.” Ms. Emma greatly enjoys working with Middle School students and supporting their development and can’t wait to meet her new students. Ms. Emma comes to CMP from the junior high setting, where her experiences included teaching 7 th grade English and Special Education, designing individualized and whole-group lessons. Ms. Emma holds a BA in English Education and CA Credential, and is eager to begin Secondary I Montessori training.