Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Jackie Collins
I am excited to begin my 26th year of teaching! Teaching is my passion, and I feel fortunate to be a part of the amazing staff at John Thomas School of Discovery. I graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. I was a second grade teacher for nine years at Willard South Elementary. During that time, I completed a Master of Science in Education and a Reading Specialist Certificate. I went on to become a certified Reading Recovery teacher, and recently completed a Dyslexia training through the University of Arkansas. I hope that I can help instill the love of reading into all the students I am forunate enough to work with.
In December of 2015 I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary with my husband Steve. Steve is a firefighter with the Nixa Fire Department. We have one son, Payton Collins. As a parent of a senior in high school, I can honestly say I know how quickly time passes!
Instructional Strengths/Expertise: Reading Recovery Teacher, Dyslexia Training
Presentation Experience: Interactive Writing at M.A.R.R.E, STEAM conference in St. Louis
Strengths (Clifton Strengthsfinder): Developer, Learner, Intellection, Empathy, Positivity