Michelle Ozaeta

Public Ally

Michelle Ozaeta, the 2017-18 Public Ally working at The Children's Movement, is a second-generation Cuban/Nicaraguan-American who was born in Hoboken, N.J, and raised in Miami.

After graduating from Florida International University, Michelle became a member of the Florida Reading Corps (FRC), an AmeriCorps State program that works with pre-K students in public schools in under-resourced communities to develop critical early literacy skills.

During her time with the FRC, she was an early literacy tutor who worked with teachers at the YWCA Gerry Sweet Center in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. Together, she and the teachers developed a classroom curriculum that would foster the children's academic growth while still allowing them room to play and grow. One of the proudest moments of her life was watching one of her students read a book all by himself at the school's "End of the Year Celebration."

Michelle now serves with the Public Allies program, a part of AmeriCorps that focuses on advancing social justice and equity as well as developing youth leadership through apprenticeships with non-profits and other opportunities for professional development.

She will be working with The Children's Movement of Florida as the research and education coordinator. She looks forward to helping the Children's Movement this year as well as learning the ins and outs of working in a non-profit organization.

She speaks three languages - English, Spanish and French. At FIU, she is a past president of the university's French Club.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys going to experimental theatre productions, watching art films, attending a French reading group, visiting local museums, exploring the local culinary scene, and biking around her neighborhood.

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