Colleen Lelli, EdD, has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level Education courses for more than 16 years at Cabrini, her alma mater. Along with teaching, Lelli is currently working on a children’s book and is hoping to embark on writing a book for educators about domestic violence and trauma on children and the effects it has on learning in the classroom. Lelli is passionate about spreading awareness of domestic violence. She has been named the director of Cabrini’s new Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education which launched in October 2017. She recently spoke about the importance of the topic on Cabrini’s podcast series, CAVersations.
What is your go-to advice for Cabrini students?
My go to advice for students would be to seize every opportunity that comes your way and enjoy your college years—this is the beginning of when the years go so fast.
What is your favorite item in your office and why?
My photos of my family and friends. The pictures remind me of all the happy times we’ve had and the many more memories we have yet to make.
Do you have any hidden talents or interests? If so, what are they?
Hmm… I guess playing the flute, piccolo and alto saxophone. I played the flute for about 7 years and the piccolo and sax for about 3.
What are the top three songs on your current playlist?
Anything country, but especially Kenny Chesney.
Where is your favorite place in the world?