10 things you didn’t know about Dr Michelle Neumann

Dr Michelle Neumann

Dr Michelle Neumann is the researcher behind the newly released Emergent Literacy Assessment app (ELAa).

An early learning expert from Griffith University’s School of Education, Michelle created the app after being frustrated by other game-based digital education and alphabet tools.

The Emergent Literacy Assessment app provides a fun and easy way to assess children’s emergent literacy skills and is suitable for children, parents, and teachers to use.

We spoke to the Griffith University academic about Sponge Bob Square Pants, her five amazing children and never giving up.

1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Veterinarian, scientist, teacher.

2. Tell about a previous job that you’ve had.
Working as a primary and high school teacher was both rewarding and challenging.

3. Which 3 apps do you use the most on your mobile device?
Google/Email, Messenger chat, FaceBook.

4. Which 5 celebrities would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?
Jesus Christ, David Attenborough, Marie Clay, Queen Elizabeth II, Lev Vygotsky.

5. Tell us about your favourite fictional character.
I really like Sponge Bob Square Pants because he makes me laugh.

6. What’s the best thing about your current role?
The exciting research opportunities.

7. What sparked your interest in education?
My five amazing children and the opportunity to discover new ways to support young children in their learning and development – to help them prepare for their future is inspiring.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Crossing frontiers in research and innovation

9. What’s the best resource you’ve discovered in your Griffith University Library?
Easy online access to journal articles.

10. Can you give us your 3 best research tips?
Work hard, be organised, and never give up!

For more information about Michelle and her new app, read the recently published ABC News story.

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