Michele Schaich, Ed.D.

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Professor of Elementary Education
Chair, Elementary Education
Department: Elementary Education
Location: Tigerville, SC

I love to remind my students as they are learning how to teach: “God does not call the equipped; He equips the called.”
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Elementary Education including:

    Assessment in Reading
    Instructional Practices in Reading
    Content Area Reading and Writing through Children’s Literature
    Integration of Literature and the Arts into the Content Area
    Materials and Methods in Social Studies


    B.A. Intermediate Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    M.S. Special Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Gardner-Webb University

    Principal’s License, Educational Leadership and Administration, Western Carolina University

    Reading Specialist Certification, Western Carolina University

  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes the following:

    Department Chair Elementary Education North Greenville University 2014-present

    Literacy Coach; Testing Coordinator; at McDowell County Schools (NC)

    Assistant Principal; District Lead Reading Specialist; Reading Specialist; 4th Grade Teacher; Special Education Teacher– Buncombe County Schools (NC)

  • Articles Published


    Exploring II Curriculum for Children’s Discipleship Training
    Nashville, TN 1995, 1996, 1997
    Dissertation: An Examination of Elementary Pre-service Teachers’ Self-Efficacy Beliefs for
    Teaching Reading (2016)

    Panelist, Technology Integration North Greenville University, August 2020
    University Professor Panelist for Dr. Brown’s C&I course, July 2020
    Beta Delta Education Honor Society, October 2018
    Engaged Learning Workshop NGU Faculty August 2017
    Keeping Learning Alive Conference, Gardner-Webb University July 2016

  • Awards Received

    One of my recent Honors mentees won NGU Honors Project of the Year with her research on current best practices in Elementary Social Studies.

  • My Network

    I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell in Leveled Literacy Intervention in Washington, DC. I am a trainer with Thinking Maps.

  • My Story

    I love teaching at all levels—from elementary age students to adults. Teaching kindergartners how to read was a profoundly joyous experience. I cherish my days being a 4th grade classroom teacher, school and district lead reading specialist, and an assistant principal. Facilitating literacy professional development for classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and reading specialists was such rewarding work. However, I have found teaching young adult education majors how to teach reading is an even greater joy! I have been described by my college students as “passionate about literacy”, especially as it applies to struggling readers. I love seeing the growth in self-efficacy as my students learn how to teach. Teaching pre-service teachers involves being invested in their success! I treasure when they ask me to pray with them. Numerous times every week, they reach out to me with questions or to share teaching successes or personal struggles. I take my calling as an educator very seriously. I am blessed to form lasting relationships with my students.

    Favorite Course to Teach:

    Integrating Content through Literature and the Arts because I love purposeful arts integration! It makes learning come alive in all the content areas!