Degrees and Certifications:
Michelle Atkins is excited to join Walnut Hill Elementary this year as the school counselor. She attended the University of North Texas where she received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and a master’s degree in Educational Curriculum & Instruction. Ms. Atkins later attended Prairie View A&M University where she received a master’s degree in School Counseling. She began her teaching career in Dallas ISD in 2003 as an elementary music teacher. During her time as a music teacher, she served as a choir director, violin teacher, Dallas ISD elementary music curriculum writer, and was recognized as a TEI Distinguished Teacher. After 15 years in the classroom, Ms. Atkins transitioned to school counseling. She loves being a school counselor because it gives her an opportunity to advocate for students and assist them in striving for their personal best.