Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
My professional mission is to collaborate with English teachers around the world to amplify student voices via authentic writing processes with real audiences and encourage students to think critically, develop empathy, use their imaginations through diverse young adult literature in secondary level English Language Arts classrooms.
Owner and Founder
Building a community with English teachers from around the world to raise awareness of and develop responses to literacy and pedagogical issues in the English Language Arts classroom. Collaborating with teachers and former students to design curriculum geared to assist students in discovering their reader and writer identities. Creating online professional development opportunities to assist teachers in developing their own curriculum to amplify their students’ voices and increase their awareness of and empathy for others’ voices.
July 2015-June 2021
8-11th English Teacher
Wayne Public Schools, Oklahoma
Taught 8th grade English, Introduction to English (9th grade), World Literature (10th grade), and American Literature (11th grade). Partnered with students to design a curriculum centered on their interests and data to nurture their reading and writing identities through independent text-based and multimedia literacy projects. Created interactive and collaborative group and project-based lessons. Integrated technology to assist students in creating a reading and writing community within the school and beyond our classroom.
August 2014-May 2015
ELA/Literature/Mixed Media Teacher
Little Axe Public Schools, Oklahoma
Taught 6th grade Language Arts, 7th grade Literature, and Mixed Media Journalism. Developed reading and writing units to teach students real-world communication skills and improve OCCT writing test scores. Produced PowerPoint slideshows and Windows Media Maker videos as part of the Little Axe Middle School Gear Up presentation. Created curriculum for Mixed Media Journalism class incorporating video script and student newspaper writing and production. Updated middle school website and sponsored National Junior Honor Society.
August 2012-May 2014
Language Arts Teacher and Yearbook Advisor
Del Crest Middle Schools, Oklahoma
Taught Pre-AP, regular and co-taught Language Arts classes, advising middle school yearbook. Developed debate and writing lesson plans to teach students real-world communication skills and improve OCCT writing test scores. Developed and modified group and project-based lessons to assist students in interacting with content in creative and authentic ways. Designed units to assist students in developing "Quadruple Threat" skills, including organization, note-taking, time management, and perseverance. Collaborated with special education teachers in co-taught classes to assist students with IEPs. Identified individual student needs and liaised with student counselors and special education staff to solve problems in learning, attitude and management of student workloads. Served on School Improvement Plan Committee and co-sponsoring student Drama Club. Met with Oklahoma State Department of Education and Federal Title I monitors, school Title I coordinator and building administration to answer questions and provide a tour of my classroom during Title I review.
August 2011 - May 2012
Sophomore English Teacher and Middle School Yearbook Advisor
Bethel Public Schools, Oklahoma
Taught accelerated and regular sophomore English classes, mythology, and poetry. Developed writing lesson plans to assist students in improving their ability to write formal expository, narrative, descriptive and persuasive essays. Prepared students for End of Instruction English II exam and future roles as college students, workers, and citizens. Developed and taught lessons plans on topics including vocabulary, grammar, literature analysis, and reading. Taught elements of literature including plot, character development, theme, and setting/mood via short stories from different cultures and novels from the traditional canon including Lord of the Flies and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Developed curriculum for an Independent Reading Challenge program, based on work by Donalyn Miller, designed to encourage students to increase their reading by as much as 700 percent. Identified individual student needs and liaised with student counselors and special education staff to solve problems in learning, attitude, and management of student workloads. Edited middle school section of the Bethel High School/Middle School yearbook.
Business and Writing
Creating a community of English teacher, former students, and other entrepreneurs to support one another in building profitable online and local businesses. Developed informational products, online courses and coaching programs to support entrepreneurs in starting, growing, and scaling an online business. Partnered with other business coaches, content creators, and affiliate partners to deliver needed learning resources to my community. Wrote content hosted podcast to educate my community in techniques for ethical and sustainable business growth.
February 2002 - August 2011
Owner and Founder
Watersweb Solutions LLC
Founded a web design and hosting company serving the work at home mom community. Build websites for moms selling ecommerce products such as baby slings and cloth diapers. Created and sold internet marketing information products. Hosted Product Sellers Talk Radio. Created affiliate program to partner with web designers in my niche. Provided customer support through outsourced company. Worked with virtual assistants to create content and provide additional layer of support. Hosted virtual summit for product sellers.
February 1993 - November 1999
Reporter and Editor
Shawnee News-Star, Oklahoma
Lincoln County News, Oklahoma
Award-winning storyteller passionate about writing news and features and thrived in a deadline intensive environment. Covered courts and law enforcement beat in the City of Shawnee and Pottawatomie County. Designed layouts for various sections featuring AP Wire articles. Wrote articles for and edited Lincoln County section. Interviewed sources for feature and hard news articles in tri-county area. Designed newspaper layouts using QuarkXPress and edited photographs using Adobe Photoshop on MacIntosh computers.
University of Oklahoma
Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with a concentration in English Education
Oklahoma Baptist University
Journalism and Public Relations with a minor in Art.
Waters, M. (2016). Roadblocks to Authentic Learning in Secondary English Language Arts and How to Overcome Them with the New Oklahoma Academic Standards. Oklahoma English Journal, 29(2), 30-34.
State Journal Editor
Co-editor, Oklahoma English Journal, 2020-present.
Let Your Light Shine: Building Entrepreneurial Collaborations to Advocate, Share ELA Expertise. Individual presentation. NCTE Annual Convention. Anaheim, CA. Upcoming.
Foregrounding students’ multilingual repertoires through language and culture portraits. Presentation with Dr. Madina Djuraeva, Audra Benn, Christine Chapman, Jennifer Fike, Sun Geun Kim, and Kexuan Wu. Keep Educating Yourself (KEY) Conference. Norman, OK. March 2022.
Rigor/Depth of Knowledge Questioning. Oklahoma Writing Project teacher consultant professional development presentation. Mustang Public Schools. March 22.
Doing the Work: Unlearning Racism through Narrative Writing and Sharing Our Stories. On demand virtual session with Shelly K. Unsicker-Durham. NCTE Annual Convention. November 2021.
Podcast Networking. OKC Podcasting Conference. 2019.
Digging up Injustices of the Roaring 20s: Dreamland Burning. Roundtable session with Dr. Crag Hill. NCTE ELATE Annual Convention. Houston, TX. November 2018.
reThink ELA: Teaching Grammar in Context. Presentation with Jennifer Williams. Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference. Norman, OK. October 2018.
Including FAT in Your Essays: Figurative Language, Appositive Phrases, and Transitions. Oklahoma Writing Project Symposium. Summer 2016.
Get to the HEART of Reading with Video and Music. Oklahoma Reading Association Annual Conference. April 2016.
Virtual PLCs. Oklahoma Gear Up Leadership Academy. Fall 2014.
AP 1217: I Have Two Brands and Directions. How Do I Balance and Promote Both? Ask Pat 2.0 Podcast, April 2022.
Podcasting 1.0 for Educators. EdTech Class. University of Oklahoma. 2020.
Host, Product Sellers Talk Radio, 2007-2010
Guest Host, DivaTalkRadio.com, May 2010
Guest Speaker, WorkAtHomeSuccess.com, 2010
Guest Speaker, Moore Chamber of Commerce, July 2009
Guest Speaker, Create A Thriving Business, 2008
Guest Speaker, WAHM Talk Radio, 2006
Guest Speaker, HBWTalkRadio.com, 2006
Waters. M. B. (2022). Facebook hack ‘worse than when my house burned down’ says teacher. Oklahoma City Free Press.
Waters, M.B. (2018). Weathered Crossroads. Mobius Magazine.
Waters. M. B. (2015). Waterfalls. Moments. 2015 OSU Writing Project Retreat anthology. Oklahoma State University Writing Retreat.
Interscholastic and Collegiate Editorial Positions
- Editor-in-Chief, managing, features, news, and assistant news editorial positions, The Bison, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1992-1996
- Editorial Editor, The Jag Wire, Westmoore High School, 1989-91
- Opinion Editor, West Words, Moore West Mid High, 1987
Honors and Awards
- Recipient, Katherine Elizabeth Lasseter Scholarship, 2022
- The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Purcell Lodge 27 Teacher of Today, Wayne High School, 2017
- Certificate of Achievement in Writing: Teacher Personal Narrative, Oklahoma Writing Project, 2017
- Certificate of Achievement in Writing: Teacher of 3 Winning Writers, Oklahoma Writing Project, 2017
- Fellow, Summer Institute, Oklahoma Writing Project, 2016
- Finalist, Best Ed Tech Resource Sharing Blog, EduBlog Awards, 2015
- Nominated for Teacher of the Year, Del Crest Middle School, 2014
- First Place, Spot News category, Carl Rogan Associated Press contest, 1999
- Second Place, Spot News category, Carl Rogan Associated Press contest, 1999
- First Place in General Excellence, Oklahoma Collegiate Press Association, 1996
- Third Place, Investigative Reporting Division, OCPA, 1996
- First Place in General Excellence for private, four-year universities, OCPA, 1995
- First Place in General Excellence for private, four-year universities, OCPA, 1994
- Recipient, M. Ector Reynolds Journalism Award, 1994
- Recipient, Thelma Carter Scholarship, 1994
- Second Place, Opinion Writing, High School Writing Contest, Rose State College, 1991