Michelle Bodden

Co-author of Oni’s Good Hair Day; African-American Subject Expert; Educational Advisory Committee

Michelle Bodden brings a wealth of practical experience to the Alphabet Kids team. An award-winning author of three other children's books, Obara and the Merchants, Obara the Gatekeeper, and her most recent publication, Well My Teacher Said…, she holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education and has taught in both New York City and Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1991, Michelle began working for The United Federation of Teachers, a union representing more than 200,000 teachers and other employees of educational institutions throughout New York City. She worked for eleven years as a liaison for educational issues, focusing on school-based management and shared decision-making. In 2002, after years of stellar service for the UFT, she was elected Vice President of Elementary Schools, becoming the first African-American to hold the position. In 2006, Michelle was also elected to serve as a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers, an AFL-CIO-affiliated international union. Mrs. Bodden is a member of the AFT Human Rights and Community Relations Committee, has served on the New York State United Teachers’ Task Force on Minority Involvement, and is the officer liaison to the UFT African Heritage Committee. She is a member of the NAACP, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and the National Black Child Development Institute. Her exemplary awareness of the importance of multiculturalism is a cornerstone for the mission of the Alphabet Kids. Currently she is School Leader of the UFT Charter School Elementary Campus in Brooklyn, NY