Caroline Powders Forrest, M.Ed.
Lecturer in Department of Education
In the Education Department at Western Colorado University, Caroline has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in all areas. She has taken on the role of clinical coach, in charge of overseeing the clinical residency/internship licensure placements and supporting and monitoring all mentors, licensure year students and regional coordinators throughout the academic year.
Caroline and her husband have two sons, William and Owen. She enjoys gardening, running, hiking, rafting and skiing in this beautiful valley.
How did you discover Western?
I discovered Western after moving to the valley in 2013 and was very excited to join the Education Department as a lecturer.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
Some highlights of my career include teaching kindergarten, first grade, reading K-5 and an intervention class for struggling first grade, primarily ELL students. I also am proud to have served as a clinical coach for licensure students over the last five years at Western. As a clinical coach, I work closely with a cohort of new teachers, guiding them through their residency year.
What most excites you about your field?
Being able to see and be part of the process of growing great teachers. Residents begin their teaching journey in August, often unsure and nervous in the classroom, and over an intense and hugely rewarding year they blossom into confident and effective teachers. I am very proud to be part of this process.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
The weather, the space and the community.