Board of Directors
Michelle Waters (President)
Writer, teacher, and education advocate Michelle Waters is an award-winning newspaper reporter, education writer, and Oklahoma Writing Project Teacher Consultant. She founded Invisible Young Voices, Inc., after discovering a writer hidden in the most unlikely place in her English classes: Inside a football player. After working with the young man on several written pieces and hearing his story of how he liked to write, but had never really been encouraged to do so, she couldn’t figure out how our system could let a student make it all the way to high school without teachers nurturing their writing talents. She realized that if one gifted writer was hiding in her classroom, there must be dozens, if not hundreds, more hiding in classrooms across our nation.
Amanda Smith is a 5th grade teacher at Kelley Elementary in Moore, Oklahoma.