Education: Central Connecticut State University
Colleen obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education specializing in English from Central Connecticut State University this past May. Her ambition is to become an elementary school teacher and reading coach. She began initiating her platform promoting childhood literacy: "Encouraging a Healthy Mind for a Healthy Life" at a young age when she saw the effects of students who did not have access to the necessary materials or support needed to excel in school. Since then she has teamed up with local and national organizations to spread awareness and knowledge about the importance of literacy.
Colleen is a champion Irish step dancer who has had wonderful opportunities to showcase her talent around the state of Connecticut. She has been fortunate to dance at Mayors’ Inaugural Balls, weddings, college half-time shows, newscasts, parades, and national competitions. She was also selected as one of the opening dancers for Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance show at the Palace Theater.
Colleen plans to use her scholarship awards to pursue her Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy Specialization with the desire to continue working in the Connecticut school systems, encouraging the youth of our nation to achieve their greatest potential as a student and member of society.