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Welcome to Collins Elementary!

Thank you for visiting the Principal's Page of our website. Our building serves preschool through 3rd grade students. Collins PrincipalMy name is Amy Peterson and I am honored to serve as the Principal of Collins Elementary. I have been a teacher at Collins for 22 years, including experience in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. I am extremely excited to expand my knowledge, training, and education beyond the walls of the classroom and guide our staff to greatness! This will be my 4th year as the principal of Collins Elementary. Along with our school improvement goals, I have 4 main objectives I would like to accomplish:

  1. INNOVATION ~ First, I would like to promote a powerful learning environment for our entire school, while focusing on continuous growth. We have Common Core State Standards to follow, but we need to be innovative within the parameters that are provided. The content has been decided for us, but the way we teach is where the magic can begin!
  2. COLLABORATION ~ Research shows “Competitive-Collaboration” is something that can really push good schools to be great. For example, we will be taking a look at what is happening outside of our own organization, not just locally. Our teachers are spending every Wednesday afternoon learning from outside presenters or collaborating within their grade levels. When we collaborate, share ideas, and make it applicable to our own learners, our students will be more successful.
  3. RELATIONSHIPS ~ Building strong relationships with students, staff, parents and community members will be a top priority, along with creating a positive climate in our building. I am proud of where we are, but know we have a long way to go.
  4. SAFE ENVIRONMENT ~ While providing a safe, secure and friendly environment, teaching and learning will be our main focus. As a community of learners, I believe we are ALL in this together!

Thanks again for visiting our website. Please feel free to call me at (989) 366-2023 or email me at petersona@hlcsk12.net. You can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @CollinsHLCS. Amy Peterson, Collins Elementary Principal




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