20 Questions: Colleen Crenshaw

Our Today at Breck magazine features 20 Questions with Breck students, alumni, and faculty. This profile is shared for the winter 2018 issue.



What music are you listening to lately?

Unless someone calls music to my attention, I rarely even notice it. Sam Cooke is an exception, however. I love his voice, and am both outraged and touched by his story of dealing with discrimination during the 1950s.

What’s one of the last books you read?

I read a lot—mostly unmemorable mysteries, however, I recently finished Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance. 

What’s your favorite time of year?


What’s one of the most adventurous things you’ve ever done?

Deciding to have children—a step into the unknown

What’s your favorite Breck lunch?

Baked potato bar

What’s your dream job?

I’m living it.

What’s one of the best decisions you’ve ever made?

Leaving retirement and coming to teach at Breck. Working here with inquisitive, welcoming students, and talented colleagues has been a pure joy. I laugh every day.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Relax and enjoy the ride. Things have a way of working out most of the time. 

What do you remember from kindergarten?

I went to a huge Catholic grade school and there was a little room in a corner of the kindergarten that was supposed to be Jesus’ house in Nazareth. If you had been very, very good all week, you were allowed to play in there on Fridays. I rarely made it in.

What is the most important room in your home?

I have an upstairs sunroom that is filled with books, family pictures, and plants. It is where I do my quilting and is peaceful and calming.

What’s your favorite place on the Breck campus?

The view from the sunny area on the 4th floor changes with the seasons, and is always lovely. I enjoy listening to the students who are working and relaxing there laugh and chat. 

Favorite comfort food?

Buttered popcorn

Favorite treat: salty or sweet?

Ice cream- almost any flavor from Izzy’s

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Theme song? See answer to question 1.

Favorite line from a movie?

“The day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends… but it is not this day.” The Lord of the Rings

Favorite family tradition?

When my children were small, they each picked the meal they wanted for their birthday- anything they wanted (some more interesting to cook and eat than others). My daughter does the same with her 3 children.

Three people – living or dead – you’d want to have dinner with?

Abe Lincoln, Barack Obama, and Amelia Earhart (I want to know what really happened to her.)

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Europe to see all the old cathedrals with their beautiful glass, and to hike in the Alps and the Cotswolds

What’s your pet peeve?

Unnecessary meanness and unkind remarks

What keeps you up at night? 

My husband is getting a puppy this summer. Big, muddy lab feet coming into the house is a concern. Plus, it’s more fun to worry about than politics.