Michelle Beyronneau

Michelle Beyronneau

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Desert Hot Springs High School
Palm Springs USD

MESSAGE

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected for this award. First and foremost, I want to thank my husband, Robbie, for his unwavering support and unconditional love. I would like to thank my children, Malachi, Lorelei, and Rosalinde, for being my biggest cheerleaders in this, and in all things. Thanks to the dedicated people of the Palm Springs Unified School District who serve our students—in particular my colleagues in Desert Hot Springs. My father, sister, and mother have shaped me into the person I am today. I would be neither where, nor who, I am without them. Finally, I extend my greatest thanks to my mother, a phenomenal teacher of more than forty years for her example of service above self, commitment to school community, and overwhelming love for every child to cross her path. I would be less than half the educator I am without her.”


Biography

Not many teachers can find a way to incorporate quotes from Harry Potter and Star Wars into a math lesson while donning a Nintendo-themed apron loaded with class supplies. For Michelle Beyronneau, she describes this approach as “eclectic”, but, in reality, it has proven itself better described as “effective.” Ms. Beyronneau loves teaching math but admits that she could be happy teaching anything because she doesn’t teach subjects, she teaches students. Her goal is to meet the personal needs of her students and create a safe space in their storms. A student described Ms. Beyronneau’s giftedness quite vividly: “Even when a situation is a huge ball of flaming trash, she finds a way to pour a bit of optimism on it and put out the fire.” Ms. Beyronneau was named as one of seven semifinalists at the 2018 California Teacher of the Year competition.