Phone: 715-366-2941 x412
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Tom Collins
Mr. Collins' educational background and inspiration to get into the education world stems from a excellent high school English teacher who took the time to relate to his students, taught interesting lessons, and was an all-around good person. Mr. Collins wanted to be just like his high school English teacher after he graduated. After graduation however, he wasn't quite sure if he was ready for college. He briefly went into real estate and tried selling houses, before taking a leap of faith and later deciding to go to college at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and majoring in English.
Mr. Collins started with the Almond-Bancroft School District as an AmeriCorps staff member in 2009. He briefly left the district for a year, and took a job as an English teacher for a district in northern Wisconsin. In 2011 Ryan Peterson and Jeff Rykal personally reached out to him looking for a librarian, and he was happy to say yes with the opportunity to work in the library. He's been an AB Eagle ever since!
When Mr. Collins started with the district, he came up with a goal of creating a media program. He also wanted to make the school library a place where people can enjoy reading, find materials for research, and discover ways to learn and use media to create skills for our ever-evolving employment fields. As part of this initiative, Mr. Collins began working with students in a program called the PBS Student Reporting Labs. In the month of February of 2018, he received the PBS Student Reporting Labs award for the "Educator of the Month."
Mr. Collins hopes to finish his grad school work in the 2018-2019 school year, as well as plan a disc golf course in one of the school forests.