Michelle Bridgeman

I’m a native Floridian and currently live in Central Florida.  I was hired to teach on the Florida side of FLVS in April of 2013 and moved over to Global in August of the same year.  I teach all of the Health and PE courses, Parenting Skills and Fashion and Interior Design for FLVGS.  Before becoming an online instructor, I taught public school for 19 years in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  I skipped my senior year of high school and went to college in Villanova, PA, at the age of 16 where I earned my AA degree before moving on to Harding University in Searcy, AR, for my BA degree. I later received my Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from National University in La Jolla, California.  

I have been married for 25 years, and we have 4 boys. My husband, “Dr. Bob,” stays busy as the poll worker coordinator for our Supervisor of Elections.  Robert (26) is currently in the fire academy to learn to be a firefighter/paramedic.  Bryce (20) will start his junior year of college at the University of Central Florida working towards a degreee in Graphic Art.  Alex (19) will be a sophomore at the University of Central Florida.  He is involved with acting and has plans to go into the field of social work.  Logan (19) will start his sophomore year of college this fall also.  He will be working on his AA at our local State college part time while goiing to culinary school full time at our local techinical college.  We also have a 6-year old Yorkie named Gabana “Gabby.”  Her specialty is being cute and staying by my side as much as possible, and my boys rescued a Lab/Greyhoud named Sassy, who also never leaves my side.  She has brought a lot of joy to our family.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking and working out.  Some of my favorite things include Zumba, sushi, cruises and watching The Walking Dead.  I also love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit 8 European countries, 8 Caribbean islands, Canada and 31 of the 50 states (I recently added Colorado to my list).

I enjoy teaching online because it gives me the flexibility to take care of my family while still being able to help and interact with my students.  One of the things I worried about with online teaching was not being able to get to know my students like I did in brick and mortar.  This is honestly my favorite part of being a teacher.  I have been pleasantly surprised at the connections I am able to make with my global students.  They teach me new things every day and I’m so impressed with the hard work and dedication my students have.  The best advice I could give an online student would be to use good time management, work consistently, communicate with your teacher and try to learn something new each day!