A Public Servant with a Strong Moral Compass
Michele Guyton has been actively supporting and directly helping families and communities for over 25 years. As a developmental psychologist and educational advocate, she is an expert in evidence-based creative and collaborative problem solving. When she sees a problem- she fixes it! That is exactly why we need her fierce, well-informed and bi-partisan style of leadership in Annapolis!
A FIERCE LEADER, FIGHTER, AND ADVOCATE
The most challenging aspects of her life have also made her the most effective advocate for others. Her past experience with serious medical conditions strengthened her belief that access to high quality medical care is a basic human right and that family medical leave policies should reflect this as well.
Facing the challenge of parenting three wonderful and complicated boys, all of whom have disabilities, forced Michele to become a fierce champion for her own family and their education. She co-founded a support group for families with disabilities and now chairs the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Tourette Association of America. All three of her boys have been successful in Maryland public schools and are pursuing their dreams.
LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY SERVING PUBLIC SCHOOL
In 2015, Michele Guyton was appointed by Governor Hogan to the Maryland State Board of Education which oversees an annual budget of 8 billion dollars, provides oversight to local education agencies, and makes policy decisions affecting public education in Maryland. She has actively worked to bring the needs of the students, teachers, and the community to the forefront of Board priorities. She initiated and chairs the State Board committee on student mental health issues focused on reducing student suicide and sex trafficking in schools. She is currently appointed to 7 State Commissions including several addressing school safety issues, graduation requirements, and adult learning, in addition to an appointment on the Governor''s P-20 Leadership Council. Michele is proud to have a proven record of working across the aisle with Governor Hogan’s administration, the General Assembly and Teachers unions to make the right choices for our students regardless of politics.
DEEPLY CONNECTED TO NORTH BALTIMORE'S EDUCATION, ARTS, AND COMMUNITY LIFE
Michele and her husband of 28 years, Greg, made the choice to settle their family in North Baltimore County almost 20 years ago after recognizing the unique and special qualities of the area. Dr. Greg Guyton is an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in foot and ankle disorders at Union Memorial Hospital, and has treated thousands of patients in North Baltimore County.
Michele completed her B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Vanderbilt University, her joint M.A. in Women’s Studies and Psychology from Radcliffe College and Brandeis University and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University. She looks forward to serving the community she loves by fighting for District 42B as fiercely as she has fought for her own family and others.