Inspiring Leader Named Westside Teacher of the Month
Posted May 6, 2019
Kelly Collins, Special Education Teacher at Sunset Hills Elementary, has been named the April Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Collins will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and received $100 from PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate.
Collins received a record-setting three nominations for this honor. Among the words of praise shared by her colleagues, fellow teacher Jason Fry wrote in part:
- “Kelly Collins is an educator that I am truly thankful for. Not only is she a wonderful teacher, she is someone that I gain strength from on a daily basis. She inspires me to be patent, strong and inspiring. Her strength in developing relationships with the children she works with is something I’ve never seen. They trust her. They learn from her. They believe in her. Her strength in communication with parents is phenomenal. She is honest. She is informative. She is kind. Kelly Collins inspires me to be a better teacher.”
Another colleague, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote:
- “She is always there when I need her, and really makes the paraprofessionals feel like we are as important as any other teacher in school. She has the kindest heart and knows how to make every student feel comfortable and appreciated. She is a great role model, and I am privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside her.”
Parent, Susan Gass, also nominated Collins to be Teacher of the Month. She wrote in part:
- “I am amazed at her commitment and determination to teach each child, focusing on their individual needs. Her passion for kids with and without needs is genuine. She is organized, passionate, and has an amazing heart for teaching kids with special needs. Westside is incredibly lucky to have her.”
Video of Collins learning she was named Teacher of the Month is available on social media, where more parents and staff members continue to share positive comments and stories Click here to watch.
With the help of PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, Westside has recognized a Teacher of the Month throughout the 2018-2019 school year!