Coleen's teaching and scholarship are focused on expanding the definition and underlying notions of environmental education to be that of ecological teaching and learning integrated across the curriculum. She is focused on changing the code for education such that it becomes the practice of educating for ecological global citizenship, replacing the present system of educating for global consumerism and competition.
She weaves sustainability, systems thinking, deep ecology, intentional communities, and traditional indigenous knowledge are key concepts woven into her teaching practice.
In 2013, Coleen was awarded the Main Environmental Education Association's Eberhard Thiele Environmental Educator Award.
BS, South Dakota State University
MS, Lesley University