Michelle Pierce

My CSTA Story

Formerly an Elementary School Teacher, Michelle switched to teaching Middle School Computer Science in 2019. As the only CS teacher at her school, Michelle needed help finding community and resources to help her provide quality instruction for her students. In 2020, Michelle joined the Amazon Future Engineer program and received a complimentary one year CSTA+ membership. After attending the 2021 virtual CSTA Conference, Michelle was excited to connect with other like-minded Educators and found the community she was looking for. Since then, Michelle has continued to find new opportunities to be involved with CSTA. She is an active member of her local NC chapter as well as the CSTA Black Affinity Group. She was awarded the 2022-2023 CSTA CS Teaching Excellence Award and selected as part of the 5th cohort of the Equity Fellowship Program.

My Story

Michelle is the Middle School Computer Science Teacher at Mallard Creek STEM Academy in Charlotte, NC. In addition to teaching, she serves as a Girls Who Code facilitator, team lead, teacher mentor, and head track coach. Michelle has been recognized as Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year (2021), Middle School Teacher of the Year (2022-2023), and Amazon Future Engineer Teacher Ambassador (2023-2025).

Michelle is passionate about providing her students with quality Computer Science lessons that are engaging and reflective of their diversity. She uses project-based learning to help her students realize their potential through real-world problem-solving. Her goal is to make Computer Science relatable, enjoyable and relevant to her students’ lives. Michelle is a lifelong learner who looks for opportunities to develop herself as an educator and push beyond her comfort zone.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with her family.