Congratulations Katie Collins of Cypress Elementary - CVUSD’s September Teacher of the Month!
Katie Collins is an exemplary educator at Cypress Elementary School. She is a current first grade teacher, boasts a student-centered classroom and has been integral to the overall development of Cypress' International Baccalaureate Program. The Conejo Valley Unified School District and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce are proud to honor Mrs. Collins as our September 2021 Teacher of the Month!
Mrs. Collins has been an educator for more than 15 years. She has taught TK-5th grade students in Minnesota, Iow and California. Here in the Conejo, Mrs. Collins works closely with the parent community to support the success of students, consistently relaying academic progress and providing additional support to parents to keep families actively engaged in their student’s education.
Mrs. Collins’ students come first in her student-centered classrooms, which is filled with positive interactions, where students are greeted individually at the door to welcome them into an energetically led learning environment where critical thinking and inquiry are promoted through play-based learning and discovery. She maintains a rigorous learning environment and encourages students to participate in constructive conversations through community circles and productive partnering.
Mrs. Collins also focuses on the whole child and provides various social emotional learning opportunities throughout the instructional day, using a variety of creative instructional strategies that integrate and enrich the educational setting for their students.
She is also a team player. Mrs. Collins works collaboratively with the primary grade level teams to emphasize the importance of collecting data through benchmark assessments to inform instruction related to student progress. She has also been integral to the overall development of the sitewide International Baccalaureate Program and the development and design of the outdoor Nature Explorer Learning Garden at Cypress.
Mrs. Collins’ favorite part of teaching first grade is encouraging a love of learning, exploring, and asking questions.
On Tuesday, September 28th the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Conejo Valley Unified School District surprised Mrs. Collins with the September 2021 Teacher of the Month recognition during Cypress Elementary School’s regularly scheduled virtual staff meeting. Dr. Mark McLaughlin, CVUSD Superintendent of Schools, presented Mrs. Collins with a “virtual commemorative plaque” (a plaque will be delivered to Mrs. Collins). Thank you Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce for your continued partnership for the Teacher of the Month Recognition program. We are proud to kick off the Teacher of the Month recognitions for the 2020-2021 school year with Mrs. Collins as CVUSD’s September 2021 Teacher of the Month - congratulations!