Danielle Witten

Lecturer & Supervisor

(707) 362-6211
HGH 120D

Danielle Witten grew up in the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area. A first generation college student, she received her B.A. from UC Davis in 2002. Before becoming a high school English teacher, she worked in public radio and supported teenagers from rural Central Valley counties in participatory action. Danielle has nearly two decades of teaching experience at the secondary and university levels. She began her teaching career in Sacramento before joining Arcata High School in Northern California where she taught English, English Language Development, journalism and advised the school’s student-run newspaper. She completed her master’s studies at Teachers College, Columbia University focusing on critical consciousness and literacy in adolescent learners. Danielle currently works as an instructional coach helping teachers in local high schools improve their classroom practices and curriculum--focusing on creating more equity-centered, trauma-informed, and accessible learning experiences. Concurrently, Danielle teaches Content Area Literacy, English Methods, and supervises pre-service teachers at Cal Poly Humboldt. She was the 2015 recipient of Carlston Award for Outstanding Teachers of America and most recently, she received the 2020 CJMA Nick Ferentinos Award for Advising Excellence.