Staff Spotlight: Michelle Tessier

May 12, 2022

Meet Michelle Tessier, a longtime staff member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

What is your title/role?

Office/Administrative Services Supervisor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

When did you start working at UMD/with CEHSP?

I first started working at UMD in the fall of 1989 in the Center for Economic Development. I made the move to my dream job in the College of Education and Human Service Professions in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1996 and have worked at UMD for more than 32 years.  

Why did you choose to work at UMD?  

I am a third family generation employee at UMD.  My grandmother and my mother both worked at UMD in the College of Education and Human Service Professions. I remember as a little girl coming to UMD and visiting my grandmother and was in awe of the University.  

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy getting to know the students and helping them navigate through their undergraduate or graduate program. I also enjoy my colleagues as they are my second family and I am thankful to work with so many caring and passionate people. As for the work that I do for my job, I love the variety of tasks and the daily challenges I face each day.  

What advice do you have for students? 

Follow your dreams and go and make a difference in the world! You are a special person with many talents. Believe in yourself and you will succeed in anything you do.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and their spouses, and (5 soon-to-be 6) grandchildren. I also enjoy many outdoor activities which include golfing, hiking, biking, camping, boating, skiing, snowshoeing, and basically anything outdoors.

About the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders