Mrs. Collins has been a teacher for fourteen years. She has taught TK-5th grades in Minnesota, Iowa, and California. Mrs. Collins is from Minnesota where she grew up surrounded by lakes and nature. She loves teaching literacy, science and using play-based learning in her classroom. Her favorite part of teaching first grade is encouraging a love of learning, exploring, and asking questions. When Mrs. Collins is not teaching, a few of her hobbies are hiking, going to the beach, gardening, cooking, and reading. She lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband and two children.