Michele Timble


Michele Timble currently teaches fourth grade in the Chicago Public Schools. For the last sixteen years Michele has taught grades three through six in both suburban and urban settings. During this time, she has also served as a mentor to teachers, a literacy coach and a professional development provider. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and specializes in literacy, reading and writing workshop, comprehension theory and practice and inquiry based learning. One area of expertise includes the planning and implementation of curricular inquiry units. 

Michele enjoys sharing her passion for reading and curiosity with her students. Her willingness to learn from her students and try new things while staying grounded in the workshop approach keeps her classroom fresh and engaging. Michele has much experience with the Comprehension Toolkit series. Comprehension and collaboration are at the heart of her literacy instruction. She takes pride in her classroom community and works to create classroom learning spaces that enable kids to take charge of their learning while feeling safe and supported. Michele’s approach to professional development is anchored in the idea that teaching can be a joyful experience and she wants teachers to walk away with the feeling of “I can do that”.  

Michele presents workshops and works with teachers on planning and developing literacy programs. She is featured on Stephanie Harvey and Smokey Daniel’s DVD, Inquiry Circles in the Elementary Classrooms. As a cofounder of the Literacy Institute @ Burley, which provides weeklong teaching and learning residencies for teachers throughout the Chicago Public Schools, Michele hosts groups of teachers each spring and serves as a lab classroom teacher, modeling lessons and working with participants around best literacy practices.   

At Burley, she works closely with her teaching teammate Debbie King who also happens to be her sister and best friend. At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband and twins.