Michelle Scribner ’16

The long-time teacher and assistant principal hopes to bring awareness of social justice issues into classrooms. 

Michelle Scribner has taught in public schools for the past 10 years. Now assistant principal at Ruth O. Harris Middle School in the Colton Joint Unified School District, Scribner is driven by a passionate desire to improve learning opportunities for marginalized students. 

That’s what led her to pursue a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Redlands a few years after earning her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, San Bernardino. And that’s what inspired her to complete a doctorate degree in Leadership for Educational Justice, also through the University of Redlands.

The focus of her research is student engagement and the influence of social and cultural capital on learning. 

“I chose to stay at Redlands,” says Scribner, “because I really enjoyed the small class/cohort model. The professors are dedicated to the students and willing to work with them in a variety of capacities to ensure success. They model the expectations I believe educators should be modeling in the classroom for kids.”

Scribner says her experience at Redlands has made her better equipped to look at different situations that arise from a social justice perspective. “I've been able to help teachers reflect upon their practices to include all students and engage them in meaningful learning,” she says.  

Looking to the future, Scribner would one day like to move into working with upcoming teachers in teacher preparation. “I want to assist new teachers in reflecting on their own levels of privilege and how it reflects teaching and learning in the classroom of diverse learners,” she says. 

She also plans to continue researching and writing. “I think it's important as public school educators to have a balance of scholarly and practical experience to move education forward.”