Michelle Bagley, 2010 Life Sciences Award

Written by on August 15, 2010 in 2010, Educator, Life Sciences Award

Michelle Bagley

Michelle Bagley

Biology Teacher
Centennial High School
Ellicott City, Maryland

Michelle has been an educator for 30 years teaching biology and research, a passion she developed doing science fair projects during her own school years. Michelle has written curriculum for the county and the National Association of Biology Teachers and has made numerous presentations for conferences and organizations on a variety of topics.

Michelle has been at Centennial High School since 1991. She currently works with students in the Intern/Mentor Program as part of the Gifted and Talented Program. In addition to teaching research to her AP Biology students, she also works with 9th grade Biology students and 8th grade students in a nearby middle school to challenge and foster a desire to excel in science and research.

Among her students, Michelle boasts winners in the Siemens Competition, Christopher Columbus Life Science Student Award, Intel Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and many others. Michelle has been honored as a Presidential Scholar Teacher, a Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction, and Intel Teacher of the Year.

She has also served on the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Advisory Council and the National Council of the National Honor Society, and is currently working with Northrop Grumman Corporation with the Young Engineers and Scientist Seminars to promote students entering the field of science and math.

Michelle holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Education and certification from the University of Pennsylvania. She continued her education at the University of Maryland at Baltimore where she conducted experiments with andriamycin, a chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving on the 2010 Life Sciences Awards Evaluation Committee:

  • Russell A. Bantham, Esquire
    McLean, VA
  • Alan Bronstein
    Chemistry Teacher
    Central High School
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Dr. Venigalla Rao
    Department of Biology
    The Catholic University of America
    Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Phillip A. Singerman
    Senior Vice President
    B&D Consulting
    Washington, D.C.


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