The Si Se Puede Foundation recently honored Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Director of Student Life and Leadership Michael Greene and Coordinator of Service Learning Alexandra Cannell Wendt as Educators of the Year. They were recognized for excellence at the 18th Annual Educators of the Year Awards Dinner on April 21, 2018. Greene and Wendt continue to make a difference in students' lives through their leadership and commitment to education and service.
The Si Se Puede Foundation primarily services low-income, predominately minority communities throughout the cities of Chandler and Phoenix. It is a prevention and advocacy organization that provides educational programming, community activities, and recreational activities for youth. The organization focuses on school and community risk factors that are barriers to educational achievement including delinquency, gang affiliation, and family/school/community detachment.
Full Bio of Michael Greene:
Greene has been director of the Office of Student Life and Leadership at CGCC since Fall 2002. As director, he has adopted a policy of “Students Come First" and has provided opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom. Before coming to CGCC, Greene served as the director of the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley Compadre Branch - Chandler for over 10 years, where he and the staff, with the support of the community, worked to provide youth development programs for young people. Greene graduated from Chandler High School and then he earned his degree in Recreational Management from Arizona State University.
Full Bio of Alexandra Cannell Wendt:
Wendt embodies Si Se Puede's commitment to building bridges and providing programs that strengthen communities, families, and children. For the past five years, she has served CGCC's Service-Learning Program, building relationships with community partners and faculty to identify service-learning projects that will empower students in their learning, while meeting community-determined needs. One of Wendt's strengths is designing and facilitating training workshops for faculty, community partners, students, and presenting at Service-Learning and Civic Engagement conferences. Prior to her work at CGCC, she discovered the power of service and her love of programming for youth in Pisac, Peru during an 8-week internship where she collaborated with a team of five interns to design and implement a youth camp in 2010. A graduate of Arizona State University, Wendt 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, Wendt proudly services as an advisor of the Hands Enriching Lives Projects Club (HELP), CGCC's community service club.