Michelle Hutchins serves as the Organization Lead for Blue Zones Project Mendocino County. She brings a strong background in education to the project. After completing several degrees at Humboldt State University, including a Bachelors in Art Education in 1991 and a Masters in Computers and Technology in Education in 2002, she began her career championing for substantial changes in education. After 24 years as a teacher, university instructor, principal, and superintendent of rural schools, she ran for and was elected to Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools in 2018. Since elected, Michelle has worked tirelessly to ensure all children experience a high-quality, personalized education preparing them to thrive in an ever-changing world.
Michelle joined the Blue Zones Project in Mendocino County because she believes in the power of small changes to the physical environment that assist individuals to make healthier choices. During her work as County Superintendent, she initiated contact with the Blue Zones Project in hopes of having the county office of education become a certified worksite. Joining Blue Zones Project is a natural fit, as she says, “Helping communities embrace their potential is what drives my work. The Blue Zones Project uses practices steeped in research that improve the overall health and economy of a community. I am excited to add to this effort.” Michelle owns a small ranch in Willits and raises goats with her husband and two children.
My Power 9
Her favorite Power 9 (this week) is Move Naturally. “Because of the season, all the things we do to prepare for the weather change is an opportunity to move the body in meaningful ways. Bring attention to your work!”