Michelle Reed, an optical engineer who worked on ice-detection systems for the space shuttle after the Challenger accident, brings her real-world engineering and math experience into the math classroom at Doolen Middle School.
Michelle Reed also attended Doolen and graduated from Catalina High School.
She came to teaching as a second career when she discovered that she was spending all of her vacation time volunteering in the classroom.
She loves to leave her students with this message: "Is it always going to be easy? No, absolutely not. But it's worth it."