After substitute teaching at Concordia for the past few years, Concordia was finally able to bring her on to our staff. Michelle Beard completed her BA in Education and teaching certificate in 1993 from California State University Long Beach. After teaching for several years in California public schools , she moved with her husband, Mike and their four children to Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) where they both lived and worked for ten years. During this time, she taught multiple grade levels, organized curriculum and served as the lead teacher for the Osh Academy of Kyrgyzstan. She also developed a desire to support families of children with special needs because her own experience as a parent of a child with Down syndrome. In 2010, Michelle and her family moved to Hanoi where she continued teaching at an international school in Hanoi.