Colette has worked in the criminal justice field for 20 years, serving as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, specializing in juvenile law and domestic violence. Colette graduated cum laude from George Mason University School of Law (now known as Antonin Scalia Law School). Following law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for Arlington County Circuit Court as well as worked on the Commonwealth v. John Allen Muhammad (the DC sniper case).
At King, in the Criminal Justice Department, she has taught criminal law, criminal procedure, introduction to criminal justice, criminal justice policy, ethics, juvenile justice, alternatives to criminal justice – restorative justice, serial and mass murder and freshman seminar. In college, she studied abroad in her junior year in Montpellier, France at Université Paul Valéry. She recommends all students study abroad and work and/or volunteer in as many places as possible to help students find their passion.
- J.D., cum laude, George Mason University School of Law (now known as Antonin Scalia Law School)
- B.A. in political science and French, Appalachian State University