Chief Academic Officer

As the CORE Chief Academic Officer, Michelle Steagall is responsible for bridging the work to support the implementation of Common Core Standards and promoting teacher and principal effectiveness across the eight CORE partner districts.

Michelle brings 23 years of school district experience to her work at CORE.  She began her educational career as a multi-graded classroom teacher amidst thousands of acres of wheat fields in rural North Eastern Oregon.  In 1990 she moved to California to join the Clovis Unified School District family where she served as a teacher, assistant principal in intermediate and elementary schools, an elementary principal and the associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction.  Additionally, Michelle served for six years as the superintendent of the Clay Joint Elementary School District and the Chowchilla School District both located in the diverse heart of California, the San Joaquin Valley.

Michelle earned a Masters in Educational Administration from Fresno State, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne in Southern California and is a licensed curriculum auditor.  As a superintendent she was selected and served on various state wide committees with the California School Boards Association.

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