Allison ReigelAdjunct Faculty
- Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Bemidji State University, MN
- Master of Science, Educator Development & Leadership, Southwest Minnesota State University, MN
I love reading, traveling and spending time outdoors.
My husband Sean and I love calling this beautiful valley home with our son, Max, and our golden retriever, Ranger.
Avid hiker, alpine skier and cyclist. Enjoy spending time with my two golden retrievers.
The newest faculty member to join Colorado Mountain College’s teacher education program comes to his position by way of the Republic of the Congo. After coming to the U.S. as a Fulbright Foreign Student to complete his master’s degree, Dr. Jean Kaya has been in the United States for several years.
He studied and taught at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he recently earned his doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Now he’s settling into life in Colorado, and into his work as an assistant professor in CMC’s teacher education program.
He’s based at both CMC Vail Valley at Edwards and CMC Glenwood Springs. This semester, he’s spending more time at the Edwards campus where he’s teaching two classes: Methods of Primary Literacy Instruction and How People Learn. He’s also co-teaching an internship seminar and providing field support to CMC student teachers.
A multilinguist’s education
Kaya earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in modern foreign languages from Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville, Congo. At Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he earned both his doctorate and received a second master’s in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Kaya said the Republic of the Congo is a country with approximately 67 ethnic languages in addition to two national languages and French, the language of education and administration. He speaks three Congolese languages fluently: Kituba, Lingala and Beembe. He also speaks fluent French and English, as well as conversational Spanish.
Kaya believes his background is well-suited for teaching CMC students to be effective teachers in American schools.
“Teachers in the U.S. are finding themselves teaching in the same classes both English learners and native speakers of English,” Kaya said. “My language and teaching expertise and the diversity in my classes are, I believe, two of the major aspects that contribute to the wealth of future educators’ learning experiences.”
I love to mountain bike in the summer, which is my favorite time of the year!
Jeremiah is passionate about education and how CMC can be transformative for out students.
Jeremiah has been an educator for over 15 years, teaching both K - 12 and college. He loves to work on educational committees, drafting complex diversity, equity, and inclusion policies.
Jeremiah's work in higher education is focused on cultural awareness. He strives to enhance college aspirations for low socioeconomic status students and help create ladders of opportunity for marginalized and at risk populations.
Being dad to a beautiful daughter, fly fishing, musician/composer, skiing, camping, water sports, loving my family, star gazing, cooking and eating.