Director of Teacher Education
Dawn Wink joined SFCC full-time in 2007 and has taught all courses within the Teacher Academy program. She currently teaches Orientation to the Teaching Profession, The Critically Reflective Teacher, and Supervised Field Experience. Dawn received a BA in International Relations, Spanish, and German at the University of California/Davis, living and studying in Spain and Germany. Her academic honors include: Dean’s List of Honor Students, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society.
Dawn received her MA in Bilingual and Crosscultural Leadership from California State University/Sacramento. Dawn’s specific areas of interest include linguistic human rights and bilingual education. Her first book, Teaching Passionately: What’s Love Got To Do With It?, co-written with Joan Wink, was published in 2004 (Pearson), and her essays and articles have appeared in journals and magazines. Dawn presents regularly on Education, Creative Writing, and the Southwest. Dawn enjoys being with her family, running, reading, and making bouquets from her flower gardens.Visit Dawn’s blog,Dewdrops, for stories and insights.
Assistant Professor, Teacher Academy
Annabelle Black recently joined the faculty of the Teacher Academy, after having been an adjunct instructor in both the Alternative Licensure Program and the Early Childhood Program. Ms. Black has taught early childhood, elementary, secondary and higher education classes. Currently, Ms. Black holds a P-8 Level III, K-12 Level III, and Administrator’s Level III licenses with the New Mexico Public Education Department. Additionally, Ms. Black has held several administrative positions focusing on curriculum development, assessment, teacher training and professional development.
Ms. Black has worked in public, charter and independent schools as an educational contractor, exploring education from the non-profit, youth service provider side, as well as contracting with museums, professional development organizations, and research institutions. After many years working with adolescents she began to be very interested in brain research, especially in the area of early childhood development. Since 2008 Ms. Black has been a Child Development Specialist with the Office of Child Development under CYFD.
Ms. Black’s research interests include the phenomenon of learning, evolutionary developmental biology and psychology and designing effective learning environments for the future.
Colleen Pfeifer has taught for the Teacher Education program for the last 3 years. She is originally from Michigan where she studied Elementary Education and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Michigan University in 1999.
Ms. Pfeifer has taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and ESL to students in grades K-6. She has also taught in Japan and Costa Rica in addition to teaching in Puebla, Mexico as part of her Master’s degree program from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Ms. Pfeifer holds an ESL Endorsement in addition to a Master’s degree in Linguistic and Diverse Education.
Ms. Pfeifer teaches Fundamentals of Reading Instruction, Teaching Reading for the Elementary Classroom, Theories of Teaching and Learning, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her research interests include brain based learning, reading instruction, and methodology for teaching English Language Learners. Among teaching, her other passions include traveling, photography, hiking, and yoga.
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