Colette received her master’s degree in teaching in early childhood education from National Louis University. She did her student teaching at Willow Wood in 1998. Her two daughters and son all attended Willow Wood at some point and she served on the board of directors as well as the advisory board. She has remained connected to Willow Wood while she stayed home with her children, occasionally substituting. She enjoys spending her free time enjoying her kids, writing on her blog, gardening, cooking, exercising and walking her dog, Packer.