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Colleen Colgan

Literacy Trainer

Colleen is a retired elementary school principal who moved to the Bay Area to be close to her grandchildren.  But seeking additional fulfillment and possessing an interest in community involvement and quality education, she began volunteering with Experience Corps in kindergarten at Sanchez Elementary in San Francisco. Now serving as the Literacy Trainer for ECBA she is definitely in her niche.  She spent 10 years as a Staff Developer in the Washoe County School District in Reno.  Twenty years as a classroom teacher and another 13 years as a principal round out her lifelong career as an educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and Fribourg, Switzerland, and an M.Ed and Administrative Credential from the University of Nevada. Colleen has taught Reading, English, French, English as a Second Language, Physical Education and her nemesis: Bachelor Survival in Home Economics! She comes from a large family of educators; her mother taught in a one room school house in the Midwest. Colleen is passionate about giving each child the motivation and skills to become a successful reader.  Besides grandchildren, her other passions are sailing, hiking, reading and needlework.

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