Michelle Newell taught English and History before moving to London to design new schools. She worked with school leaders and teachers for eight years, developing innovative curricula to match new types of learning spaces. Michelle retrained in arts management and has worked with local councils, arts bodies, artists and writers to produce a literature festival, install a temporary public sculpture exhibition and manage public engagement programs. Michelle returned to Australia and the world of education in 2014, and is Head of Marketing and Communications at Strathcona. She is passionate about storytelling and is writing a novel for teens.