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Michele Hemenway Pullen

Louisville

Faculty, Early Childhood Education Dept. Co-Chair Diversity, Ivy Tech Community College

Michele Hemenway Pullen was born and raised in St Louis, MO. As a young mother, she moved to Louisville, KY in 1984. She has a Masters Degree in Learning and Behavior Disorders. Throughout her teaching career, her aim has been to create assets-based assessment and educational planning. This work has taken her into classrooms, teacher trainings and student’s lives around the nation. She has done extensive work in Waldorf Education, an arts based system that can be used to leverage inclusive practices in public education settings. The past twenty years have included curricula writing and program development in schools around social justice topics, with a concentration on racial justice. This has allowed her to work with such organizations as the Muhammad Ali Center, the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Barefoot Artists, Zinn Education Project, Rethinking Schools, Teaching for Change, the Anne Braden Institute, Center for Interfaith Relations, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and Black History Matters in Louisville, KY. One of the highlights and honors of her career was leading the Louisville community as Education Manager to open the Muhammad Ali Center. Since that time, she has worked with the Louisville Metro United Way Black Male Achievement campaign and the Muhammad Ali Center, in addition to taking on the role of Early Childhood Education and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee at Ivy Tech Community College, Southern IN. It is in this new role over the past five years she sees opportunity to build upon this work and begin more teacher training in areas she has fought for all her career that could serve as a model for all campuses to bring teachers, who hold so many destinies in their hands, to a higher place and purpose.