Wildcat Way 2013 Teacher of the Year - Joanne Collier

Joanne Collier
Wildcat Way School for Early Learning
Prekindergarten Teacher

Education: Texas Teachers, Alternative Teacher Certification Program, 2009, Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Journalism, 1987

Teaching History: Wildcat Way School for Early Learning, Prekindergarten, 2011-Present, Wildcat Way School for Early Learning, Inclusion Specialist, 2009-2011, Substitute Teacher, 2004-2009

In her own words: “My fundamental philosophy about teaching is that ‘students learn when they are thinking and doing, not when the teacher is talking.’ I think my style of teaching has been significantly influenced by my experiences as an inclusion specialist. Working with special needs students, particularly those with autism, has given me a unique perspective in the way I believe students think and learn.”

In the words of others: “Mrs. Collier has an in-depth understanding of prekindergarten curriculum, and is able to provide instruction in a meaningful way that engages students, ensuring that they are challenged but not frustrated.” Tim Ashford, Wildcat Way School for Early Learning Director

“I volunteered weekly in her class throughout the year and saw for myself the truly special skills and talents that Joanne had with those students. The class had a mix of cultural backgrounds and children with a variety of classroom needs, and she was able to address all of them.” Michelle Riddle, Parent of Wildcat Way Student

Selected Honors, Awards and Activities:
Texas PTA Member, 2001-Present
Texas PTA Life Member Award, 2006


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