By Maressica Sawyer, Staff Writer
“Basically, God sent me here,” said new professor Michele Schaich.
Schaich saw that there was a need for a literary specialist in the elementary education department of North Greenville University. She had the qualifications and applied for the job, interviewed and got the position.
This fall, Michele Schaich joined the faculty of the College of Education. She is an assistant
professor as well as a chair of the elementary education department. She teaches junior and
senior elementary education majors in children’s literature, language arts methods and
Schaich has a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and masters of education in
learning disabilities from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Right now, she is a
doctoral candidate at Gardner-Webb University.
She has had over 20 years of experience in North Carolina public schools as an elementary
assistant principal, literacy coach, reading specialist, special education teacher, academically
gifted teacher and classroom teacher.
“She is a challenging teacher because she really wants us to know our material,” said senior
According to Reynolds, Shaich is very approachable, personable and willing to work with her
students. She is nice but challenges her students at the same time.
“I love that this is a place where I can be open about my faith,” said Schaich about North
One fun fact about Schaich is that she loves horses. She lives on a 500-acre horse farm near
Asheville, NC. She is married with a 17 year-old son and an exchange student from China. In
addition to her 8 horses, she has 2 Great Pyrenees dogs.