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​Service-Learning Leadership Staff
Alexandra Cannell
Alexandra Cannell
Coordinator of Service-Learning
Student Life & Leadership

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Alex has served CGCC’s Service-Learning Program for nearly four years and has a passion for building relationships with community partners and faculty to identify service-learning projects that will empower students in their learning while meeting community-determined needs. Alex frequently designs and facilitates training workshops for faculty, community partners, students and presents at Service-Learning and Civic Engagement conferences. Before leading the Service-Learning Program at CGCC, Alex discovered the power of service and her love of programming for youth in Pisac, Peru during an 8-week internship where she was working with a team of five interns to design and implement a youth camp in 2010. Alex graduated, summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Communication with a minor in Global Studies from ASU as an All-Arizona Academic. Alex has received multiple awards from community partners recognizing her work in building reciprocal relationships with community partners. In addition to serving CGCC as Service-Learning Coordinator, Alex proudly serves Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank as Secretary on the Board of Directors and is a co-advisor of the HELP (Hands Enriching Lives Projects) Club, CGCC’s community service club.
Carrie Braaten
Carrie Braaten
Service-Learning Placement Coordinator
Student Life & Leadership

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Carrie Braaten enjoys working with the teachers, principals and administration in schools throughout the East Valley community to provide Early Childhood and Teacher Education (ECTE) students with the opportunities to learn what it is like to be a teacher and lend an extra hand in classrooms. Carrie says, “There is no better way to learn about teaching than to put your learning into action through service-learning in the classroom.” Before coordinating service-learning placements, Carrie earned her Bachelor’s degree from NAU in Elementary Education and her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU and has taught for 10 years for Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northern Arizona University, Chandler Unified School District, Madison School District in Phoenix and the YMCA.
Christina  Contreras
Christina Contreras
Secretary of Service-Learning
Student Life & Leadership/Service-Learning

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Christina has been attending Chandler-Gilbert since the fall of 2013. Christina enjoys helping people in need along with making everyone around her happy. The most important thing in Christina's life would have to be spending time with her big, crazy family and making them along with her boyfriend proud. She plans on moving to ASU once she finishes up her pre-requisites. Christina is very happy to be a part of the Service-Learning team!
Breanna Wright
Breanna Wright
Service-Learning Specialist
Service-Learning

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Breanna has been a part of the Service-Learning team since January of 2016 and has been attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College as a student since fall 2015. Originally an education student, Breanna’s first experience of service-learning was in a kindergarten classroom. This positive experience prompted a desire in Breanna to join Educators Rising, CGCC’s education club, and later become the club president. During her first semester in Educators Rising, the club was hosting a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit students at a title one school. Breanna went with a group of students to film a tour of the school and to learn their needs. Something changed in her that day and a passion for film and telling peoples stories was born. Breanna has since then changed from being an education major and is now pursuing a degree in film production. She continues to chase her love of film while working in the Service-Learning Department and as a part of Educators Rising. She looks forward to all the adventures the future holds!