Secondary Vice President
Colleen Schwab has been a classroom teacher for 30 years, UTLA chapter chair for more than 20 years, and UTLA Valley West Area chair for three years
Prior to becoming a social studies and Spanish teacher, she worked on the airlift of Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Laotian refugees following the Vietnam War.
As a teacher at Woodland Hills Academy, she was integral to the development of the ESBMM school reform model in LAUSD. ESBMM is a teacher-initiated, full union contract model negotiated by UTLA with the District.
For her work in the classroom and the community, she has received awards from the NAACP, the PTA, UTLA (the WHO Award), and the CFT (Award for Teacher Leadership), along with being nominated for California Teacher of the Year by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Most recently, she was nominated by the California League of Middle Schools for Teacher of the Year.
Schwab was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and attended LAUSD schools from elementary through high school, graduating from Van Nuys High. She earned her BA in political science, with an emphasis on Latin America, from UCLA. She earned her teaching credential in social studies, Spanish, and English at Cal State University Northridge.