Notable Women in Education: Michelle Walny

Department Head - English / Nicolet High School

  • Category: Notable Women in Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 21
  • Undergrad degree/university: BA in English & Secondary Education - Silver Lake College
  • Graduate degree/university: MA in Communication - UW Milwaukee

Michelle Walny is a fiercely compassionate educator. Everything she does is done with the love and best interest of her students, according to Eido Walny, president of the Village of Bayside, and Michelle’s husband.

“She is what educators call a warm demander: a teacher who demonstrates and shows her care for the students, while simultaneously holding them to the highest of standards and makes them accountable. She sees what students are capable of even when the students themselves cannot see that potential,” Eido Walny said.

Michelle Walny was asked in 2019 to become an English department team leader at Nicolet High School — and then the pandemic hit. 

“Michelle fought for her students to get the best education they could. When members of the community pressured the administration, she steadfastly advocated for her students. She attended every virtual school board meeting. She consulted with her superintendent and principal often. She taught from her classroom even when the students were not allowed to be there,” Eido Walny said. “When students struggled with mental health, Michelle was the first to offer support, comfort and help. She was Wonder Woman without the lasso.”