About us

Who is Michelle A. Hansen?

In 2001, Michelle A. Hansen and her class of high school students were held hostage by a teen gunman. This experience transformed Michelle from an average teacher into a passionate advocate for teens, a committed mentor, author, and empowered coach. Michelle is on a mission to help teens step into their highest potential without stressing themselves out. As a recovering overachiever, she knows firsthand how easy it is to fall into the “never enough” trap. Michelle was the daughter of a country undersheriff who taught her to shoot a pistol and drive when she was eleven years old. She grew up on a farm in southeastern Washington state, where she loved horses a whole lot more than books. Thanks to an inspired English teacher, Michelle fell in love with reading the seventh grade. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. She is the author of young adult novels: Before They Find Us (2013) and Painted Blind (2012). She and her husband reside in Washington state with their four children.