Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of reports on the 2017 You Are Special award winners from the 25th Annual Salute To Framingham. The report below was written by the building principal. Photo courtesy.
Taylor Collins has worked at Framingham High for six years as a History teacher, Step Up mentor, Debate Club adviser, and class adviser to the Class of 2018.
She is an undeniably passionate and enthusiastic educator who cares deeply about teaching history, her students, and her school.
She is positive and literally always smiling and she exudes southern hospitality and charm in everything she does – for instance, in an effort to spread cheer throughout the building Taylor started and organized First Fridays, monthly outings that combine staff socializing with fundraising for scholarships that serve Framingham students and other worthy causes. Though Taylor is involved with a wide-range of activities, nothing comes before her students.
She brings a daily passion, enthusiasm, and creativity to her classroom that makes her one of the strongest teachers in the building.
She is always willing to help others. She has formally mentored a variety of student teachers, first-year teachers, and students at FHS, but she is always approachable and willing to help others informally as well. Taylor has a strong belief in our school-wide philosophy of growth mindset.
She has shared growth mindset curriculum with the faculty at large, and the philosophy is reflected in the physical space of her classroom, as well as how she treats her students.
For Taylor, her work at FHS is part of her identity. Her belief in giving back to this community and her passion for helping students and colleagues comes naturally to her. Her kindness, enthusiasm, creativity, and passion make her deserving of this recognition. T