L. Michelle Quraishi '92

As a teacher I’ve learned how important it is to have fun with my students, and remind myself at every moment that learning is playing.
L. Michelle Quraishi '92

After graduating, I joined the Peace Corps and served a two-year stint in Paraguay, South America, working to implement guaraní-Spanish bilingual education across the country. Returning to the Bay Area, I pursued my Masters in Multicultural Education from San Francisco State University, and taught Spanish-bilingual kindergarten in San Francisco. Five years later, I began work as Head Teacher of the 2/3 class at Mills College Children’s School, where I also obtained National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education.

In 2001, I became a Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP), work I continue to this day as a teacher in their Young Writers Camp program. Part of BAWP’s mission is to reconnect teachers with their own identify as writers, in the belief that teachers who write are better teachers of writing. In a writing group for the first time since college, I began writing stories again. My son was born in 2006, and my daughter in 2010. Since becoming a mother, I have retired from the classroom and instead focused on my own writing. In 2013, I joined the SCBWI and dedicated myself to writing my own stories for children. Now I am back in the classroom teaching music to elementary school students. 

To learn more about my work as a children’s book writer please visit Words Like Rain.