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English Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Racheal Aragon

 Racheal Aragon
Faculty, English

Aragon started working at CCA in 2015 as an adjunct instructor, teaching courses in English and later Advanced Academic Achievement. She also worked as a Writing Studio tutor in the Academic Learning Center, and as an Instructional Specialist in the Department of Instructional Intervention and Support. She transitioned to full-time in the English Department in fall of 2018, and teaches developmental English, composition, and literature courses. Aragon currently serves on the leadership team for the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, and chairs the Inclusive Excellence Marketing Committee. Before joining the CCA community, she taught ESL at Linn-Benton Community College and at the English Language and Culture Institute in Albany, Oregon. She earned her master’s degree in English Literature and Culture from Oregon State University and her bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado State University.

racheal.aragon@ccaurora.edu

Elisabeth Bell

Elisabeth Bell 
Faculty, English

Dr. Elsie Bell joined the CCA English faculty in fall of 2020, teaching courses in composition and literature. Previously, she taught writing, literature, and academic success skills at the University of Wyoming, Western Colorado University, and through the CU Succeed Program at the Early College of Arvada. She earned a Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University in 2013, a graduate certificate in Composition Studies from Indiana University East in 2019, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 2006.

Elisabeth.Bell@ccaurora.edu

Rachel Ankney, English faculty at Community College of Aurora in Colorado

Rachel Blue
Faculty, English

Blue began her academic career in 2002 after earning her MFA in Poetry from Old Dominion University, working there as a full-time assistant professor of English. Blue spent the next six years at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Va., teaching such courses as creative writing, American literature and developmental writing. She then joined CCA, where, outside of the classroom, she created and implemented the school’s Safe Zone program and has run several workshops for colleagues. Blue is a published author well known in the Denver writing community.

rachel.blue@ccaurora.edu

Carla Campbell

Carla Campbell
Faculty, English

Carla started working at CCA in the fall of 2014 as an adjunct instructor, teaching courses in English, ESL, and Advanced Academic Achievement. She also worked as a Writing Studio tutor in the Academic Learning Center. Carla also taught at the Community College of Denver and at Johnson and Wales University for two years. She transitioned to full-time in the English Department in the fall of 2020, and teaches English composition, and literature courses. Carla currently serves on the Title 5 team for English. She earned her master’s degree in Creative Writing and Poetics from Naropa University and her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in African American Studies from Arizona State University.

Carla.Campbell@ccaurora.edu

Brandon Feres

Brandon Feres
Department Chair, English

Brandon earned his Master’s in English from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He taught at Suffolk County Community College for five years, as the primary Developmental English instructor, before making the move to the Community College of Aurora. His workload consists of teaching, student placement, assessment, and advising. When he is not busy toiling for the benefit of his students or undertaking the hard work of raising his infant son, Wyatt, he can be found at any number of Denver-area restaurants with his wife, Kim, pretending to be a “foodie.” On occasion, he can be found wandering the trails of the Front Range with Wyatt perched atop his hiking pack. Brandon is also an accomplished musician, who’s been writing and recording for over twelve years.

brandon.feres@ccaurora.edu

Mandy Geddes

 

Mandy Geddes 
Faculty, English

Mandy started teaching for CCA in 2006. She has taught online and face-to-face composition and literature classes for CU Denver (where she earned her M.A. in Literature), CCCOnline, and CCA, and has worked as an Instructional Specialist for CCA’s Department of Instructional Intervention and Support. Mandy currently co-chairs the Open Educational Resources (OER) task force, works on the Inclusive Excellence Committee and Student Programming IE sub-committee, and works on the Instructional Support Initiative team. Mandy has four kids at home who are all adventurers and love to camp, kayak/canoe/paddleboard, fish, and hike. Mandy is also a self-proclaimed wanna-be-world-traveler and almost-could-have-been-a-MasterChef.

Mandy.Geddes@ccaurora.edu

Michael Levell

Michael Levell
Faculty, English

Levell was born and raised in southern Indiana where his interest in writing began. He attended St. Meinrad College and finished his bachelor of arts at the University of Southern Indiana. He continued his education at Naropa University where he received his Master’s in Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics. Soon after, he began teaching writing and literature at CCA and has taught at CCA since fall 2006. In 2007 he was named CCA Faculty of the Year. He has also served as a tutor at the writing studio at CCA. He published his first collection of poems Green River Road through Finishing Line Press Fall 2018, and became a full-time faculty member in the English Department in fall 2019.

michael.levell@ccaurora.edu

Candace McClelland-Fieler, Faculty, English at Community College of Aurora

Candace McClelland-Fieler
Faculty, English

A Writing and Literature instructor for 15 years, McClelland-Fieler served as an adjunct instructor for five years at CCA before becoming full-time faculty. She teaches English and Introduction to Literature. Prior to joining the college, McClelland-Fieler taught English at the Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy in Denver and Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Wash. She also was previously an ESL instructor at the Berlitz Language School in Denver and Cincinnati and taught Composition at Miami (Ohio) University, where she earned her master’s degree in English / Creative Writing. McClelland-Fieler has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati.

candace.mcclelland-fieler@ccaurora.edu

Robley Welliver, English faculty at Community College of Aurora in Colorado

Robley Welliver

Faculty, English 
Affiliated with CCA since 2006, Welliver joined the college full-time in 2011. She regularly teaches composition and literature and also has led a graphic literature course. She joined the staff after spending time as a graduate student and teaching assistant at East Carolina Universtiy in Greenville, N.C., where she earned her master’s degree in literature. Welliver has a BA in writing, rhetoric and culture from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.

robley.welliver@ccaurora.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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