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Michele Potestio

Michele Potestio is a history teacher here at Ida B Wells. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She went to Ida B Wells for her high school career, and grew up only a mile from here. She went to University of Oregon where she studied journalism and telecommunications in film and she wanted to become a sports writer. She moved to Boston, Massachusetts for a couple of years, and then returned to Oregon. When she decided to be a teacher, she found that history would be the perfect fit for her. She has worked at Wells for 22 years, and even longer as a former coach for the women's soccer team. Her favorite thing about Wells is the community and her familiarity with the area from growing up in the neighborhood. In her free time she enjoys being active outside, from hiking, bike-riding, and playing bocce. 

Written by Adelle Early, Intro to Journalism, Fall 2021