Name: Parker Collins
School: Hilton Head Christian Academy
Subject/grade: AP biology (grades 11-12); anatomy (grades 11-12); honors and college prep biology (grade nine)
Years teaching: Five
What do you do when you're not teaching? This answer may be a little cliche, embarrassing and convicting, but most of what I do when I am not teaching somehow relates back to school. Over the past four years, I have assisted in coaching middle school and junior varsity basketball, varsity baseball, and girls' and boys' varsity golf. In addition to time spent grading papers and attending athletic and fine arts performances, I also tutor biology, chemistry, math and for the SAT. This schedule entertains most of my time during the week.
When I do find a spare moment, I enjoy playing golf, traveling and cooking. Most of my students question that last one, but I think it is the chemist in me that gets excited to experiment and follow a procedure. I do not claim to be great, but there are a few dishes that I would not be scared to share with others.
Hilton Head affords a wealth of opportunities that I do not take advantage of enough. As a science teacher and enthusiast since I was introduced to the "Crocodile Hunter," I have a passion for animals. I try to make monthly trips to the Savannah Wildlife Refuge, partake in fishing opportunities and volunteer at different rehabilitation centers. We plan group outings to the beach, enjoy the weather with barbecues, and attend local sporting events, which are not truly appreciated until I return to Indiana for Christmas. In the end, the greatest enjoyment comes from interactions with students and colleagues, ranging from Bible studies, athletics and learning opportunities. I am employed as an educator and spend the majority of my time, serving those I work to teach, which I hope is a good thing.
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