Chipley - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches advanced placement and honors English at Chipley High School. Belinda Collins' students say she is a demanding teacher, but they also say striving to meet her high expectations has made them better students.
Lots of dissecting happens in Belinda Collins' class, but it's not biology. These students are pealing back the layers of literature through what they call a Socratic discussion. It's just one example of how Ms. Collins engages each and every one of her students. "Ms. Collins is phenomenal. Before I stepped foot in her classroom I had never been in a learning environment like hers before," said Makaela Cassady, who nominated Mrs. Collins.
Students and colleagues alike say she is demanding and effective. "I think all of us in our AP class, we are smart, but she challenges us to be very smart, it helps us develop as students," said student Mary Helen Wilson. "We enjoy doing her work even though there is alot of it. There is a lot of hard work involved but we enjoy doing it just because she is an awesome teacher," said student Hunter Brock.
Before teaching at Chipley High, she taught at Dozier School for Boys, giving her a reputation that she won't accept second best. "If they don't have a goal then they don't have anything to work toward so I am very harsh, I am very hard on my students, but they appreciate it at the end," said Belinda Collins. "She sets the bar high and the kids just rise to the level," said Steve Griffin, the principal of Chipley High School.
"It's impossible for me to just read a book anymore. I think about you know the analysis of it, the depiction of the characters, I appreciate everything more, you know," said Makaela. Congratulations to Belinda Collins, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher.