About Ms. VW

Ms. Michelle Vander Woude

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B.A. in Music Education Illinois Professional Educator License for Music Grade K-12

Ms. Michelle Vander Woude

I am very excited to be teaching my fourth year at Arcadia.  In my ten years of teaching, I have come to understand and fully believe the famous quote:

"Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." 

Every student is different-- a fact that should not only be acknowledged but also celebrated.  It is my hope that every student who enters my room feels respected, cared for, understood, and free from bullying and judgment. 

Outside of school, I enjoy all things nerdy (comics, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, etc.).  I also love running with my charity athletic team as I train for my fifth Chicago Marathon.