Dr. Michelle Szydlowski

Michelle Szydlowski

Assistant Professor: Anthrozoology

Joined Beacon: August 2019

Education Credentials
A.A.S. Community College of Denver: Veterinary Technology
B.A. University of Northern Colorado: English with secondary education credentials
M.A. University of Exeter, Devon, England: Anthrozoology
PhD Student, University of Exeter: Anthrozoology

How did you come to work with students who learn differently?

A life-long passion for teaching led to a career in public high schools, state museums and zoo education departments. Passion for learning led me to embrace new subjects throughout my career, landing me in the exciting world of Anthrozoology. My PhD studies were interrupted by a TBI, which in turn led to visual processing issues and major declines in reading and retention that lasted over a year. This was a wake-up call that not everyone can just ‘do school.’ When I heard about Beacon College, I knew it was the place for me. Beacon’s focus on individualized learning and the ‘life abundant’ pair beautifully with my personal educational philosophy.


I enjoy educational travel, reading, hiking and exploring nature.

I am active in conservation organizations, both here and abroad. I have been traveling regularly to Nepal for the last 8 years to participate in research about and conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhino and Asian Elephant—and will happily talk anyone’s ear off about them who is willing to listen.