Mrs. Collins is proud to be a Teaching Assistant in the Culinary Arts Department at the Woodruff Career & Technical Center. Mrs. Collins does not have a Culinary degree, but she does possess a love of baking and being in the kitchen ever since she was young cooking in the kitchen with her Mom and Grandma.
Mrs. Collins background has taken her into the Hospitality and Food Service Industry, working her way from a McDonald's Manager, to an Office Manager for a fine dining restaurant. Her passion to work with students gave her the opportunity to change her career to the Business Manager of an Elementary School, a Pre-school Teacher, and an Administrative Assistant for an Athletic Director.
Her husband's career brought them to Central Illinois from Northeast Ohio six years ago. She knew she would like to continue working with, mentoring, inspiring, and guiding children through education. She pursued and received her Paraprofessional License at age 57 and was awarded the position she currently enjoys.
Mrs. Collins goal with the Culinary students each day, and each year, is to let them know that their aspirations and their goals are attainable. She shares life stories, and lessons, hopefully helping students to important paths, and nudge them to complete the steps necessary to achieve their goals. This is what has earned her the honorary nickname of "Chef Mom" by past students and she feels blessed to have impacted their lives.
Mrs. Collins loves the outdoors, music, reading, euchre, backgammon, sewing, and sports. She is a diehard Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians, and even a Browns fan, and of course, cooking. Her and her husband, of thirty-eight years, love to visit their two adult children, their families, and their grandchildren in Ohio whenever they are able.