Dr. Michelle Rath
2012 Distinguished Award in Teaching - Semester Research in Israel Program
Host Institution: Tel Aviv University
Home Institution: Essex High School, Vermont
"Having the opportunity to work and live in Israel during my Fulbright launched years of working and living abroad. The experience opened my eyes to the fact that I am able to work as a counselor anywhere in the world, meet amazing students, faculty and community members, and learn to appreciate similarities and differences in students regardless of where they live or come from in the world.”
Since 2017 Dr. Michelle Rath has been working as a High School Counselor at the International School of Stavanger in Norway. Prior to this, she spent three dynamic years living in the United Arab Emirates, working as a High School Counselor at the American School of Dubai. These places are a far cry from where Michelle first started counseling students, at Burlington High School in Vermont, but for her, moving and adapting is a way of life. “I realize that I thrive on challenges and embrace change as an imminent and integral part of life.”
Michelle began her professional experience in community development and human services for the state of Vermont. On the academic track, she earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg, a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Counseling from McGill University and a PhD in from Syracuse University, focusing on Rehabilitation Counselling. Transitioning into the education field, she began to work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at Burlington High School, where she eventually rose to be Director of Guidance.
In 2012, Michelle was a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Program fellow at Tel Aviv University. Researching school counseling in Israel, she traveled throughout the country, meeting and interviewing educators and school administrators. She toured schools to better understand the role of school counselors in public schools and crisis management protocols. At Tel Aviv University, Michelle also participated in lectures given by her supervisor to undergraduate Education students on "The Changing Role of School Counselling" and "Community Supports in Israel for School Counselors." At the conclusion of her Fulbright program, Michelle compiled her research findings and prepared a capstone project which she shared with fellow educators upon returning to the U.S.
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All photos courtesy of Dr. Michelle Rath:
Distinguished Award in Teaching (DAI) Program alumni reunion in Jerusalem: 2012 U.S. fellows Michelle Rath and Eric Drotch (left) along with 2011 Israeli alumna, Dimona Yaniv (right, front) and 2011 U.S. alumna Elizabeth Coleman.
Atop the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, Michelle Rath with her husband David.
Enjoying the Haifa coast- Michelle Rath (third from left) with her husband David, daughter Mikaela and fellow American DAT 2012 recipient, Eric Drotch and his family.
Field research- Michelle surveys student work at a school in south Tel Aviv.