Dr. Michelle Blackley


Michelle Blackley grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University for her undergraduate studies. She holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and a Master of Science degree in Biology from East Stroudsburg University.  Additionally, she has a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University, Chicago. Dr. Blackley has over 30 years of experience in education. She began her career teaching middle school science in the Poconos of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Blackley went on to teach high school Biology and AP Physics for Jonesboro Public Schools in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She has also worked as a high school science teacher for Pittsburgh Public Schools. Dr. Blackley’s family relocated to Illinois in 2013.

Educational Administration

Beginning in 2003, Dr. Blackley lived in Columbus, OH, where she served as an Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Westerville City Schools and at Olentangy Local Schools. She then served as the Principal of Olentangy Liberty Middle School. In her administrative roles, she was fortunate to work collaboratively with staff on implementing formative assessment practices, standards-based grading practices to track student growth, and implementation of the rigorous common core standards and college and career readiness outcomes. Dr. Blackley also serves as a mentor for new principals through the Illinois Principal’s Association. 

Leadership at Daniel Wright Junior High School

Lincolnshire community, she is able to develop positive relationships with parents and students outside of the school day. She has always found this age level to be particularly rewarding as it is a key transitional time in the growth and overall development of children. Dr. Blackley says, “We can be so impactful during this time of their lives if we give students support and guidance while providing them a quality educational experience. Middle and junior high school experiences are integral in helping students create a solid foundation to become college and career ready.”