Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
My personal experience as a student and a mother established my desire for a great start for all children to become lifelong learners. My experiences afforded me an insight into the myriad of issues faced by teachers, children and parents and shaped my practice. My mission is to support teachers to value the unique strengths and needs of each individual student. Additionally, committed to working with families by developing a partnership role in their children’s learning and providing them with the tools to advocate in today’s challenging school system. Finally, I am driven to working with children to overcome the barriers that inhibit learning by unlocking each child’s emotional needs and learning potential. My role is to facilitate as well as collaborate in creating a meaningful developmentally appropriate curriculum for all children regardless of their race or socio-economic background in all school settings with the support of teachers and parents.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
Early childhood educator (ages 3-4); after school Spanish teacher; staff development consultant; early childhood, dual language, and special education curriculum specialist; facilitator, parent workshops. Read Out Loud! Family Literacy & Book Festival at Morningside Area Alliance in Partnership with School Community District 5 & PS 92. Volunteer with advisees to promote literacy within the community.
Recent Professional Contributions
Fieldwork advisement to students in Childhood General Special Education, Early Childhood General and Special Education, and Dual Language/Bilingual Early Childhood Special and General Education; Instructional Coach for NYC Summer Quest; Professional Development for PS 185; Professional Development for Berkeley Carroll School; Professional Development for West Side YMCA Tender Care Program
- M.S., Dual Language/Bilingual Early Childhood Special and General Education, Bank Street College of Education
- B.A., Management Information Systems, Pace University
Selected Publications and Presentations
Colon, C. (2012). Understanding and supporting bilingual language development in infants and toddlers. Conference presenation, Infancy Institute. Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY.
Colón, C. (2011). Planning curriculum for children with special needs in a inclusive environment. Conference presentation, Early Childhood Conference. West Side YMCA, New York, NY.