Michelle Ryan is currently a Head Teacher Special Education in the Southern Tablelands region and has a Masters of Special Education. Over the last 10 years she has taught mainstream and special education classes across western Sydney. In her teaching she has worked with students with autism, emotional disabilities, learning difficulties and behavioural disorders across IM, IO, AU, ED and MC classes. For the last 3 years her focus has been working on building structures and routines that provide students with Autism the opportunity to successfully access mainstream high school settings. She has been part of the New Educators Network and a Federation Counsellor for Picton Teachers Association where she held a treasurer and secretary position. Michelle looks forward to supporting teachers to make adjustments to provide the best outcomes for students in public education.