Prior to coming to Drexel University in 2007, Michel was a supervisor of pupil services with direct supervisory responsibilities for an entire school district’s special education and gifted programs for four years. She also has six years of teaching experience working with students with learning and behavioral disorders in inclusive and self-contained settings. Michel’s research interests focus on autism, administrator support of special education teachers, administration of special education programs, and program evaluations. She is a core team member on the autism interdisciplinary committee, developing a major research initiative for Drexel University. Michel is an active member and the past president of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) in Pennsylvania. She is active statewide in the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) and has served in various leadership positions in the organization.