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Excellence in Teaching

Celeste Travis

Central Section


When Celeste Travis relocated to Bakersfield, she decided to go into the teaching field. Celeste began working for Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield in 2006 as a business and computer instructor. While employed at SBB College, there was a need for instructors to teach other subjects. Celeste decided to assist them by teaching general subjects such as math, reading, and writing courses. Celeste also worked closely with Career Services to assist students with job searching techniques, soft skills, and encouraging students to attend job fairs and community resource events. In 2011 Celeste joined Owens Valley Career Development Center, Family Literacy Program as an adult education instructor. Over the years, she has enjoyed working with the Native community - various tribal entities, backgrounds, levels, and ages of students. Celeste currently teaches ABE/GED® and HiSET® prep, HSD, computer literacy, financial literacy, positive Indian parenting, DMV, ServSafe, and soft skills/life skills.

Celeste has been an active member of CCAE and COABE since 2012. Celeste’s accomplishments include being elected as legislative action chair–Central Section (2018-2020), registration committee member for the annual CCAE state conference (2018), recipient of the CALCO Award for Outstanding Teaching of Adults (2018), and member-at-large (2016-2018). Celeste also furthered the cause of family literacy by obtaining a charter for the entire site from the National Adult Education Honor Society. The honor society allows instructors to recognize students’ accomplishments based on completion of or continued improvements in ABE/GED®/HiSET®, higher education/vocational, etc. To date, twenty-two students have received this recognition. Celeste and her students have actively participated in legislative day activities for the past several years. It is also important to Celeste to include cultural activities into her classroom. She stated that implementing cultural activities helps students from minority ethnic/racial backgrounds develop a sense of identity as individuals, as well as proudly identify with their culture groups, and it also allows others to learn something new.