Credential in Effective College Instruction, Association of College and University Educators
MA in Early Childhood Education, California State University, Sacramento
BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University, Sacramento
Michelle Kiefer serves as Director of The Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development at Baylor University as well as Lecturer for Child and Family Studies. Her thesis, completed in Western Australia, focused on international home literacy environments. She also became a certified Reading Recovery teacher there.
After living in Australia, Michelle worked in Idaho as a manager for a home-based Early Head Start program and volunteer educator for Baby Steps of Idaho before moving to California, where she taught early education to community college students and managed a large laboratory child development program. Michelle encourages outdoor classrooms and outdoor spaces for staff, leading design committees in two states and supporting implementation through Nature Explore.
Today, Michelle chairs the Central Texas Early Educator Apprenticeship Program Committee and provides virtual child development permit advising. She is a long-standing member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She is also a member of the National Coalition of Campus Children’s Centers and an outspoken advocate for laboratory early education centers.