Faculty Focus: Michele Washington

Michele Washington Cooks Up Great Educational Experiences

By Cheryl Balassone |   October 2010

Michele Washington , Faculty

Since 2000, Michele Washington has  enjoyed teaching information systems management classes as an adjunct professor  at UMUC. With more than 20 years of experience in the information  technology and security field, Michele’s  classes provide a wealth of valuable skills and information.

When she’s not at her “day job,” Michele can often be found in the  kitchen, baking delectable gourmet treats.  As a child, she frequently visited her aunt  who was also a baker. By the time she was 16, Michele already had a subscription to Bon Appetit and had collected hundreds  of recipes. Her scrumptious dessert specialties include rolled baklava, bread pudding with bourbon wine sauce, chocolate mousse,  key lime pie, crème brulee, and coconut pound cake.

Michele  is developing her own cook book, which she hopes to complete in the near future.  Entitled Michele: Over the Years Recipes, the book is a compilation of more  than 120 recipes she has collected since the 1980s.  It consists of recipes from a wide variety of  sources, including The Washington Post, relatives, co-workers and colleagues,  friends, various magazines, and The Food Network. 

Michele’s  baking hobby extends into the classroom. At the beginning of the semester, she  and her students share information about their goals and interests. “When  students learn that my hobby is baking and they have baking as their hobby, we  always seem to bond,” she said.

Volunteering is another passion  for Michele  and she often uses her culinary talents to assist in bake sales for the  building fund project at her mother's church.  The attendees always look forward to the  luscious pound cakes, which she makes in assorted flavors including coconut,  lemon, and chocolate. 
  Michele has  also volunteered at her mother's day care center and even created their graduation  program.  Other volunteer activities  include speaking engagements at various women’s functions, such as the Southern Prince George's Business and Professional  Women's Foundation event. The event, “Individual Development Program - Striving  for Excellence,” focused on providing advice to underprivileged women. Michele was recently  a moderator for the same organization at a day-long forum entitled  "Women's Empowerment Summit on Health, Leadership, Career and Business  Development”.
  She now has her volunteer sights set  on participating in the Presidential Classroom Program, designed to  educate and inspire today’s youth. “Programs such as these one offer  exceptional opportunities to teach our young citizens about the realities and  benefits of government service,” said Michele.  “I truly enjoy mentoring and counseling in the information technology career  field.”
  Recently, Michele  was accepted into a doctorate program in information systems. Her mother, a  lifetime educator, instilled in her the importance of receiving a good  education. “I have those same educational values and I receive incredible  satisfaction by being an adjunct faculty member at UMUC.”