Michelle-pic-1-768x1024 Get to Know a Heart Guide: Michelle

It’s time to get to know some of the wonderful staff members that make the Halle Heart Children’s Museum tick! Today we’re talking with Michelle, who started out as a Heart Guide and ended up as our Business Development Coordinator. Here’s a little bit about her:

What’s your favorite thing about working at the HHCM?

I’m really into education, so I like the opportunity to teach kids how live a heart-healthy lifestyle in a hands-on environment. That way, when they grow up, they don’t have to learn these things on their own.

Tell us something you think is really interesting about the human heart!

I think my favorite fact that I learned here at the museum is related to non-smoking. You always think about how smoking affects the lungs, but it was interesting to learn that it also negatively impacts the heart.

Tell us about yourself!

I have a degree in anthropology. I took advantage of study abroad and field school opportunities in college. I did archaeology work all over Phoenix and around Flagstaff.

I started here at the museum in Jun 2016 and instantly fell in love with the museum and its mission. I quickly became development coordinator, which allowed me to help create the programs that we provide to the public and give more information overall. Education in a non-formal setting is a passion of mine and something I hope to continue throughout my career. I’m relocating to Washington, D.C. because it provides a lot of opportunities for museum education. I’m hoping to continue what I’ve started here, and will always have a special place in my heart for the HHCM.

What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable?

I love asparagus!

How about your favorite way to be active?

I really enjoy hiking–living here in Arizona has been great because of the hiking culture. It’s a fun, easy way to get outdoors and take advantage of all the beautiful scenery here.

A fun fact about you:

I’m a vegan and a minimalist. Minimalism to me means to be very conscious about all aspects of your life, from what you’re purchasing to anything you have in your life. If it doesn’t add positive value to your life, don’t indulge in it.

Where’s your dream vacation destination?

I don’t think I have one destination, but I have a goal to see as much of our country as possible. So as much as I would love to travel abroad, I’d rather take a couple weeks in the car and see as many states as possible.

Anything else you want to tell us?

I would just say overall that my experience here at the museum and interacting with our guests has been really rewarding. Our guests are really why we do this. I appreciate everyone who comes through our doors and hope they get the most out of their time here.