Outreach & Engagement Specialist, Programs & Participants
Colleen was born in Monterey, California and spent her childhood in various areas of the United States, including Wisconsin and Arizona. She began working as an educator in 2018, focusing on conservation education with the San Diego Zoo. After obtaining her certification in Sustainability and Behavior Change with UCSD, Colleen moved to Durango, Colorado to work in natural resources conservation. She still calls Durango home where she enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking with her partner and her dogs.
If ever there is a tomorrow where we are not together, there is something you must always remember…You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
Why this Work is Important To Me
I have loved ones very close to me who are part of the LD and ND communities, and I saw firsthand some of the struggles, stigmas, and challenges they faced as students and as working adults. As an educator, I saw the unequal access to educational opportunities within the schools I worked with, and the need for change at an institutional level to get all students the support they need to see success. I am passionate about being part of a mission that advocates for leadership, community, and support for the young learners of today.
Favorite Part of My Job
Telling the stories and sharing the successes of those that Eye to Eye’s programs are able to reach, to hopefully inspire and motivate more people to join us in the future!