Colleen Barela is an outstanding instructor who is devoted to her adult students’ success. As a CCAE South Coast Section member and master Office Careers’ Teacher, Colleen effectively differentiates her instruction so that all students succeed. Colleen has much experience working with the Veteran and older adult populations and students with disabilities. She excels in curriculum development, workforce education, and hybrid teaching and learning. Utilizing multiple modalities to create an effective learning environment which engages and supports all students, Colleen is also an expert with the Canvas learning system. She uses educational technology to provide lectures, presentations, readings, discussion boards, and learning assessments.
As a life-long learner herself, Colleen constantly seeks to grow professionally and immerses herself in embracing a “positive mindset,” which she freely shares with her colleagues and students.
Colleen is well respected as a change agent and excellent instructor. We appreciate the contributions she brings to adult education and value her as an important member of CCAE.