Higgins has been an instructor of Hawaiian History at Kapiolani
Community College for 10 years. She opens students eyes to the history
and culture of Hawaii with genuine passion for the subject and techniques
that guarantee retention. Higgins allows students to experience history through
detailed and fascinating stories that illuminate details and connections between
historical figures so that relationships and motives for action are easily comprehended
and recalled. Reading assignments offer a variety of views and highlight conflicting
facts for students to debate.
Higgins approachability opens channels of communication by making students
feel comfortable sharing questions and comments.
One student wrote, Despite her small stature, Higgins voice booms across
the classroom, keeping all eyes focused on her. Furthermore, Colette uses humor
in her lectures to provide greater enjoyment with learning as well as for spending
whatever time is necessary to guarantee that students understand the subject
and the information presented. She ensures that everyone understands each
concept before moving on to the next.
As a graduate of Kapiolani CC, Higgins values the community college experience
and conveys that to students, to whom she relates with enthusiasm, humor, patience
and commitment to their success.