Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences Master of Education - Early Childhood Education Special Education Endorsement English as a Second Endorsement

Colleen Gifford

Hi! My name is Colleen Gifford. I am the Bee room teacher at VVEC this school year. This is my first year teaching and I am overjoyed to be part of this amazing school district. I graduated in May 2017 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. I have also received my English as a Second Language Endorsement. I have a wide range of past experiences working with children in prekindergarten through second grade. I recently traveled to Reggio Emilia, Italy to study the world-renowned Reggio Emilia Approach to education. I am inspired by this approach to education and integrate many of the core values into my teaching. I believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore, question, and investigate. It is through hands-on learning, that children reach their full potential as learners.