Getting to know our staff: Mr. Collins


Jennifer Kurkoski and Madison Stashak

What are your hobbies outside of school?

Spending time with my kids, being outdoors, camping, hiking and dominating Fantasy Football.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I really enjoy being outdoors. I am involved in the scouting program and an Eagle Scout.

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

My grandfather William Collins. So many people have told me how great he was very kind, intelligent and extremely resourceful.

What is your favorite band – or – who is your favorite singer?

If I had to choose one, I would say the Foo Fighters. Also, a fan of Red and Imagine Dragons.

What is your favorite song of all time?

Ordinary World.

Where is your favorite place to eat?

Cafe Rinaldi in Old Forge. Best risotto ever! 

What is the most unique place you’ve ever visited? Why?

Europe. My wife and I spent two weeks there for our honeymoon and visited several countries.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they?

Yes…. sorta of. My son has a light gray colored giant rabbit named Robert.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Having to repeat myself one hundred times when people do not listen.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I did peer tutoring in high school and realized I had a talent to help explain and help people understand things. Also, had some awesome teachers that helped to inspire me along the way.

What do you like most about teaching?

Helping other people and being able to see my students grow, mature and succeed over the years.

What is your biggest piece of advice for students?

Remember, the effort you put in today will show tomorrow. If you don’t give 100%, do not expect 100% later.