Michele Schaich

Associate Professor of Elementary Education
Chair, Elementary Education
Unit: 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!

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