Colleen Catherine Connolly gains inspiration from the environments that surround her. Whether contemplating a new goal, sitting with a favorite book, or tinkering with a new material, the environment plays a crucial role in supporting the teacher, as well as educating the learner. Here are a few classrooms in which Colleen created a magical space to inspire teaching and learning.


“If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a
dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer,
a magic-bean-buyer. If you’re a pretender,
come sit by my fire, for we have some
flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!”

-Shel Silverstein

Childswork Learning Center, Kindergarten Classroom | 2014-15










Childswork Learning Center, Kindergarten Classroom | 2013-14















Catlin Gabel School, 2nd Grade Classroom | 2010-11