Patty Michiels, Ashland School District's Director of Curriculum and Human Resources, received her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in creative writing and film. Her teaching credential was awarded by SFSU in 1982. For 17 years, she taught high school humanities and drama in California. As professional development provider for northern California districts, she is an expert in backward curriculum design and teaching to essential questions. While the director of Del Norte County’s new teacher program, she also provided in-service for teachers advising on them on how to integrate theatre activities into their classroom’s curriculum. While the resident director of children productions for Lighthouse Repertory Theatre, Patty also taught English for two years at an alternative school before moving to southern Oregon with her family. After moving to Ashland in 1999, she taught English at McLaughlin Middle School. She received her master’s degree in curriculum and design from Southern Oregon University and her Continuing Administrator credential from Portland State University. Receiving the National Middle School Association’s John Pence Award for Excellence in Middle Level Education, she was also a Gate’s foundation Teach to the Future lead teacher. Prior to coming to Ashland schools, she was dean at McLaughlin. For eleven years, Patty was principal of Walker Elementary school prior to her current tenure as director of instruction and human resource for Ashland Schools.