Michelle grew up in McGregor. Charlotte Franz was her childhood librarian. Michelle graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1991 with a Bachelor's Degree in English, and emphasis in theater and art. She has her library director certification through the State Library of Iowa, and she completes 45 continuing education credits every three years.
Michelle began working at McGregor Public Library in November, 1999. In 2000 she started the Writers Group at the library, and has also started a Classics Book Club, a Craft Group, and a Games Group at the library. Michelle enjoys local history and writes a weekly column called "Times Past" for the North Iowa Times.