Michele grew up in the Chicago suburbs and earned her BA in English from Eastern Illinois University in 1995. After teaching in Illinois for 10 years, the opportunity to teach in Creede popped up, and she hasn't looked back. Currently, Michele is working on a Master's degree in English from Ohio University.
Michele resides in Creede with her husband Courtney and their two fuzzy, four-legged children. Her interests include hiking, writing, reading, and traveling.