Principal's Message

Welcome to Collins Elementary!

Thank you for visiting the Principal's Page. Our building serves preschool through 6th grade students. My name is Trista Stingle and I am honored to serve as the Principal of Collins Elementary. In my 15th year in public education I am extremely excited to expand my knowledge, training, and education beyond the walls of the classroom to support students, families, and staff. Together we will work daily to promote a growth mindset that will empower students to bring the best version of themselves to school each day. Along with our school improvement goals, I will also focus daily on:

1. Innovation ~ Promoting a powerful learning environment for our entire school, while focusing on continuous growth. Yes, our Common Core State Standards will guide us, and will also be as innovative as possible with our approach to teaching and learning. The content has been decided for us, but the way we teach is where the magic happens!

2. Collaboration ~ Research shows “Competitive-Collaboration” is something that will help take schools to the next level. When we collaborate, share ideas, and make learning applicable for ours students, they are more likely to have increased success.

3. Relationships ~ Building strong relationships with students, staff, parents and community members is a top priority, along with creating a positive climate/culture in our building. I am proud of where we are, and looking forward to where we are going.

4. Safe Environment ~ While providing a safe, secure and friendly environment, teaching and learning will be our main focus. As a community of learners, 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 For additional updates and highlights you can like us on Facebook @ Collins Elementary School.

Trista Stingle, Collins Elementary Principal