Michele is an assistant professor in the Education Department at Dartmouth College, where she splits her time between teaching the next generation of educators and conducting research about the ways in which poverty impacts learning and academic achievement. She was the recent recipient of The Howard A. Dawson Award for Best Research from the National Rural Education Association and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Rural Education.

Prior to her time at Dartmouth, Michele earned her Ph.D. at The Lynch School of Education at Boston College, conducted neuroscience research at Brandeis University and the University of Pennsylvania, and taught fifth grade in a under-resourced school in Massachusetts. She currently lives in Norwich, VT with her husband, two young children, and piles and piles of books.