Degrees and Certifications:
West Virginia University, Master’s Degree in Education with a Science Specialization in 2012.
Mr. Collier / Science Teacher, 7th Grade
I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA., home of the 2016 and 201,7 back to back, Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. I was heartbroken to see the Caps raise Lord Stanley this year, but well earned.
This is my seventh year teaching. All seventh years have been at Hedgesville Middle as the science teacher on Team M.
I am married to my wife of nten years, Cat Collier. We have no children, but I do have an amazing 3 year old niece, Rebecca. Even with just the two of us our house is a zoo. We have three iguanas (Kasper, Jordan and Fighter Pilot), 2 bearded dragons (Orla and Tut), a blue tongued skink (Jesus), a hedgehog (Monty), 3 tree frogs, 2 xenopus (aquatic frogs) (Snow White and Prince Charming), a blind box turtle (Yeti) and a pigeon (Pidge). We also rehabilitated two turtles that were struck by cars over the summer. Both have since been released back to the wild. This list does not include the 4 animals (2 ball pythons, a bearded dragon and turtle) that call my classroom home.
Why did I become a teacher? I became a teacher because of the amazing teachers that I had growing up, John Aloi, Tom McKenzie, and Dr. Gwen Rosenbluth. They saw something special in me and believed in me even when I did not. What they did for me, I still hold dear and teach so that I can hopefully touch a life the way they did for me.
The most influential people in my life are my wife and my grandfather. My wife’s tireless support continues to make me a better person. My grandfather was the person that taught me how to be the man I am today.
One thing I hope my students learn in my class is that science is every where, stop and enjoy it.
My classroom philosophy is “I give you my best every day, as long as you do the same for me, YOU WILL NOT FAIL.”
Sport- Ice hockey Scientist- Tyco Brahe
Team- Pittsburgh Penguins Field of Science- Chemistry
Favorite player- Mario Lemieux Hobby- Model Rockets and I have recently started playing with drones
Book- A prayer for Owen Meany TV Show- Big Bang Theory
Movie- Pulp Fiction Musical Artist- Django Reinhart and Frank Sinatra