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Michelle Harrell

Michelle Harrell | May Mentor

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Each month, a different NAEA member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog. May’s Monthly Mentor is Michelle Harrell, Director of Education at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, NC.

Michelle is passionate about increasing access to art experiences and transforming museums into more open and inclusive communities. She left the classroom in 2010 to work at the NCMA finding new opportunities to serve as a teacher leader and artist educator. Her work at the NCMA has built upon her master’s thesis research ‘Interactive Technology: A Tool for Student-Centered Instruction in Middle School Art Education’ at East Carolina University. Michelle served as the NAEA Southeast Region Representative for the Museum Education Division from 2017-2019 and was recognized as the NCAEA Art Educator of the Year in Fall 2019.

In addition to her work in art education, Michelle is a practicing artist and advocate for mindfulness and self-care as educators. Learn more at