Michelle Hanks started her teaching career in public schools. Her passion for valid assessment data of her students led her to become an educational diagnostician. She later became an adjunct professor and clinical instructor for the special education department at A&M-Commerce supervising special education residents and diagnostician practicum students. It is her dream job!
A Conversation with Michelle Hanks
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“A&M-Commerce is an amazing campus, large enough for many activities but still has a “small school” feel within the classroom walls. As a faculty member, I have always received assistance from anyone I've asked, always in a positive manner.”
How has A&M-Commerce influenced your life and/or career?
“A&M-Commerce has influenced my career in that my students are eager, willing, and ready to learn what my teaching for their field of study entails. This ignites my passion to share with all my students – I could retire but I love my job too much”
What do you like most about your career?
“I love teaching others about special needs! Especially when I am working with practicum students in the field. It’s amazing to watch them grow and learn to be great educators.”
- M.ED., Special Education, Stephen F. Austin University, 2003
- BSIS, Special Education, Stephen F. Austin University, 1993
- Clinical Instructor, Texas A&M University-Commerce
- Advisor & Residency/Practicum Supervisor, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Honors and Awards
- Dr. Chuck Arize Jr. Faculty Award, Texas A&M University-Commerce
- Texas Educational Diagnostician Association
- Texas Association of Classroom Teachers
- Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education
- Council of Exceptional Children