Colleen earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Midwestern State University in 2006. Colleen embarked on her calling to education seven years ago at Thomas C. Marsh Middle School in Dallas, Texas where she taught eighth grade students Reading and Language Arts. In addition to continuously leading her students to passing and college readiness rates on par with the most affluent school districts in the state, Colleen served as department chair, instructional leader, and mentor teacher. Last year, Colleen served as a Principal Fellow in Dallas ISD’s School Leadership Academy, where she further developed her leadership lens by focusing on systemic approaches to improving the quality of instruction, student achievement, and culture in high poverty schools. Colleen completed residency at Woodrow Wilson High School where she spearheaded several change initiatives, including data driven instruction, professional learning communities, end-in-mind planning, professional development, and instructional feedback. These initiatives produced results; the school outperformed all other comprehensive high schools in the district, ranking first in academic achievement and student growth on the state End-of-Course exams.