Michelle is the new Program Director for the BUGS Program. Michelle came to Living Classrooms in 1996 and worked on our farm, shipboard, and outreach programs. She was also the After School Program Coordinator, Renaissance Summer Program Director, and Program Manager of the Land-based Department. Michelle graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History.
Outside of work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also has a passion for traveling. She has been all over Europe, Central America, South America, and Mexico and has plans to continue her travels.
Ms. Nikki is a Baltimore native. She has taught at The Arthur Murray School of Dance and Towson Dance Studio, and has competed and performed professionally in ballroom, salsa, and west coast swing dance. Nikki received a nursing degree from the Essex School of Health Professions. Her education included classes in childhood development and community health. She is excited to have the opportunity to teach children how to create a better future for themselves. Ms. Nikki currently dances with a group called the Guardians, whose focus is to bring dance back to the inner city. She can regularly be found doing street performances in and around Baltimore.
Originally from Rosemount, Minnesota, Neta graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. During her time at K-State, Neta’s favorite classes were microbiology, agronomy, and plant taxonomy and worked with two professors on soil and water quality experiments. Upon graduation, Neta moved to the East Coast and, eventually, to Baltimore County. She has worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Materials Management and, most recently, at the non-profit Education Based Latino Outreach in their Mi Segunda Casa after-school program. An avid rock climber, Neta can often be found at local rock climbing gyms and outdoor sites, such as Ilchester and Annapolis Rock. She is also a certified soccer referee and loves playing and watching “the beautiful game.”
Kadija graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, her favorite classes were Art, Sewing and Urban Housing and Development.
Kadija has always been passionate about arts and crafts; during her junior year of college she shared her passions as an aftercare teacher at the Green School of Baltimore. During summer vacation you can find Kadija at Baltimore city libraries teaching arts and craft classes. During her free time she enjoys thrifting and DIY projects.