Michelle Ciminelli, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the College of Education at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY. She teaches courses in foundations of literacy, differentiated reading instruction, early childhood education, and organizing the literacy classroom, and received the 2022 Excellence in Teaching award at Niagara University. She is the program coordinator for the master's in education teacher education initial certification program. Additionally, she has led multiple student study abroad trips to Italy and Haiti, guiding preservice teachers to teach lessons and use innovative practices with non-English speaking children. Her current research interests include teaching diverse populations, preservice teacher preparation, fluency development, and short-term study abroad trips. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading, gardening, and rock hounding!