Featuring Dr. Colleen Knight
Dr. Colleen Knight is an associate professor of chemistry at the College of Coastal Georgia. With her Ph.D. in biomolecular chemistry, serving as Department of Natural Sciences chair, this 36-year-old phenom teaches nursing chemistry, biochemistry and advanced biochemistry. Colleen grew up in Warner Robins and lived in Atlanta but likes our area’s pace. “It’s not so harried here and way calmer, so much so my parents ended up moving here, too,” Colleen said. Beyond academia, Colleen enjoys musical roles in community theatre, especially with the Island Players and Glynn Academy. She also bakes and rides three bikes—a road bike, mountain bike and beach cruiser—but not all at once.
Colleen quit smiling in photos and in public early on, even after getting braces. “I was missing one lateral adult tooth with a tiny one on the other side.” Her front teeth looked smaller, and she felt her smile reflected she had no teeth. “Not liking to smile and always in front of a class, one of the most common comments in my student surveys was I came off as ‘super-intimidating, apathetic, or unimpressed.’ Students felt uncomfortable to ask me questions. So, I decided to do something about it.