About Michelle Pleasant

Michelle is the mother of three young children, and has a background in education. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in Special Education. Her teaching experience ranges from kindergarten through high school, working primarily with students with intensive disabilities. She also has experience working in nonprofit as an employment specialist for adults with autism. Michelle is passionate about creating inclusive and accessible learning environments for all children. Her daughter and twin sons keep her engaged in learning about child development, and continue to challenge her to see the world through a child’s eyes.

Take Art Outside! Hunt for Textures

In art classes, students experiment with different mediums and textures. They can use markers, pens, crayons, paint, glue, paper, and chalk to create something new. A great way to help preschoolers explore texture is to take the class outside for … READ MORE

How to Create a More Accessible Garden

Gardening creates so many opportunities for inquiring minds, and all children can benefit from working and learning in the garden. While there are many things that need to be considered when planting a garden, one important aspect of your planning … READ MORE

5 Life Skills Children Learn Through Gardening

Working in the garden creates a unique opportunity to introduce new or emerging life skills. Children are naturally curious about how the world works, and the garden is a perfect place to explore those curiosities. Help children get their hands … READ MORE

How Families Impact Educational Success

The most important teachers in a child’s life are their families at home. Although children spend a large amount of their time at school, it is not a replacement for the learning, love, encouragement, and reinforcement they receive from family … READ MORE

Language Development on the Playground

Language development is one of the most important skills children learn through play. Children are learning how to interact with the world. They’re honing their ability to understand others and to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs. The preschool playground … READ MORE