Staff profile

Michelle Appleby

Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Education Studies Assistant Programme Leader for MA Education Childhood Pathway Leader for MA Education JHS Education Studies Advisor


Education, Childhood and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a trained American elementary education teacher with a specialism in Science and Creative Arts. My Master's Degree is as a Reading Specialist. I am a passionate leader who is self-motivated and confident. I have a rich background in education which has given me extensive knowledge and experience of how to support learners in their early years through to university level. I have taught in higher education since 2009.  I have been successful in creating democratic and empowering experiences in vibrant learning environments in which learners can realise their potential.

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Professional interests

I graduated from the University of Michigan in the United States with a B.A. Education degree and a teaching qualification to teach kindergarten to fifth grade. While teaching full-time, I gained my Master's degree as a Reading Specialist from Eastern Michigan University where I learned to assess and diagnose learning disabilities in reading. I taught elementary school for eight years before moving overseas to teach at an international primary school just outside of London. These experiences have piqued my interest in a multitude of areas such as international and comparative education, alternative forms of education, the psychology of learning and social development throughout life, understanding and managing behaviour in a learning environment as well as Joint Honours Students' experiences and learning in Higher Education.

Research interests

I am currently working on investigating perceptions of early years in the sector as a means to promote the professional profiles of stakeholders. 

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