PBS Digital Innovator 2018

Michelle Garmon

Michelle Garmon New Mexico
  • New Mexico PBS
  • Sandia Vista Elementary
  • Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Student Greeters welcome visitors to Michelle’s first grade classroom with a cheerful “Hello neighbor!” “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood,” is stenciled above the smartboard. Michelle’s goal is to instill the same developmentally appropriate positive learning experience she had growing up into her class of 21st century learners. She lovingly meets this goal using technology. Her students’ code during math, research using tablets, use voice to text to tell stories, and Chromebooks help bring the whole world into room 108. Michelle’s class also meets via video chat monthly with fellow All-star Julie Hildebrand’s first grade class in Austin, Texas for fun hands-on science lessons. Michelle believes that digital citizenship should be taught as a foundational skill along with reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Fun Fact: Michelle is a huge Elvis Presley fan! The King’s music can often be heard in her classroom. She and her husband Ben have even visited Graceland!

Follow Michelle on Twitter, @kindergarmon.