John Collins

A Summersville High School graduate is the new superintendent of Raymondville Schools.

John Collins was hired last month to replace Charlie Malam, who will become the high school principal at Houston. Collins is completing his sixth year as a classroom teacher at Mountain View Elementary.

Collins described himself as “an enthusiastic teacher and learner.”

“I am fortunate to have been given many opportunities for professional development and learning,” Collins said. “I believe I have made many positive contributions to the district and students I currently serve and am humbled by the opportunity to join the learning community of the Raymondville School District, where I can serve  in a capacity of passing on a lifelong love of learning.”

A 2000 Summersville graduate, Collins earned an associates of applied science degree in computer network administration from Mineral Area College. He graduated with a degree in elementary education from Missouri State University in 2005 and later earned a master’s degree from William Woods University. Collins said he plans to pursue a doctorate in education.

As a professional educator, Collins said he draws on life experiences –– employment at a sawmill, quick stop, pizza delivery person and manager at a fast food restaurant –– as well as those in educational settings.

“I am an enthusiastic teacher and learner and am prepared to positively contribute as a part of the educational community in the Raymondville School District,” he said. “My unique skill set and areas of knowledge will serve the educational programs, faculty, staff, students and community members well, now and long into the future. I am pleased to have a chance to join the Raymondville School District.”

Collins and his wife are fifth generation farmers. They have two young children who will be in preschool and first grade at Raymondville next year. Collins said he enjoys spending time with my family and friends, farming, hunting, fishing, trapping, BBQs, canoeing, off-roading and riding ATVs.

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