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Michelle Elise Houle

Women’s History Month: 2012 Honoree

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Video published February 28, 2012 | Download MP4 | View transcript

Above: KPBS celebrates cultural diversity in partnership with Union Bank by honoring Michelle Houle during Women's History Month 2012.

Michelle Elise Houle began her career in education as a substitute teacher at the Lindsay Community School, for pregnant and parenting mothers. This special school allows these women to finish their high school education while receiving on-site childcare. The temporary job became permanent, as Ms. Houle found necessary funding for a clean environment, and discovered ways to motivate and educate the mothers. Soon, Lindsay Community School gained a positive reputation with a waiting list.

Ms. Houle is credited with creating an Early Childhood Program that has enacted significant change for many young women fighting the cycle of poverty along with their children. Plus, with a degree in Creative Writing, Ms. Houle has published numerous books including a biography of Cesar Chavez. Ms. Houle has also been recognized by the San Diego County Office of Education and was named the 2010 Site Teacher of the Year for the San Diego Unified School District.

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