Michelle Trujillo is passionate about igniting hope in schools! Through her writing, speaking and professional development workshops, she inspires readers, educators, students and their parents to recognize the power of love, connection, and social and emotional learning in the pursuit of academic achievement and productive citizenship. Michelle's message of "starting with the heart" is founded on brain-based research, "in the trenches" experience and practical strategies. Her sincerity, enthusiasm and expertise are contagious and substantial. Named Nevada's 2016 Innovative Educator of the Year, Michelle has appeared on television (including Oprah) and radio across the nation as a guest expert. Although Michelle has dedicated her vocation to education, she vows that family always comes first! Her husband of thirty years and their two adult children fill her heart with joy and inspire her daily! Michelle’s most recent book, Start With the Heart: Igniting Hope in Schools through Social and Emotional Learning was released by Corwin in April 2019. This text is used in a new course coming soon at Learners Edge, 5203: Social and Emotional Learning Starts with You. In this course, you will explore how social and emotional learning can instill hope in the school community; how it impacts student academics; and how adult SEL is as important as student SEL. Watch for it in early May 2021!