Noelle Apostol Colin is a relationship and capacity builder with twenty years of experience as an elementary school teacher, instructional and leadership coach, professional development expert, and facilitator. She is driven by her central purpose—ensuring all children in schools are valued and joyfully supported to fulfill their full intellectual potential. She envisions an education system that is a healing, liberatory experience for all. She is a systems thinker who works to develop and nurture thriving communities of adult learners, knowing that we need each other to bring a new educational world into being.
She grew up in Houston, Texas and spent a year learning Spanish and exploring in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay before moving to Austin to get her BA Latin American Studies at the University of Texas. She moved to Oakland, California, in 2000, where she taught elementary school, coached and worked as an administrator in Oakland and San Francisco Unified School Districts. She received an MA in Education Leadership from the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley in 2012. Most recently, she worked as a lead facilitator and coach for Bright Morning, Elena Aguilar’s consulting company, leading coaching, capacity building and systems change work in schools and districts around the US and internationally.
She currently lives in Sacramento with her family. She loves to be immersed in nature, cooking and eating with friends and family, and reading.
She strives to maintain her core values at the center of all that she does: compassion, curiosity, love and justice
Areas of Expertise:
- Transformational leadership and instructional coaching
- Leadership development
- Instructional leadership
- Coaching and leading for equity
- Team development
- Professional development design and facilitation
- Adult learning theory, systems thinking, change management
- Literacy development, constructivist teaching, culturally responsive instruction, integrated unit planning