Paul Collins

Science Teacher
Moscow Charter School

Paul Collins graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Horticulture. He taught Kindergarten at a child care center in Pullman, Washington and now teaches middle school Science and Social Studies (along with Drafting and PE/Health) at Moscow Charter School. He is also the staff adviser for the MCS Plant Club for K-8 students.

Paul was born in Yokosuka, Japan to a military family, but moved to the States when he was 10 months old. He lived in Washington D.C.; Denver, Colorado; and Lewiston and McCall, Idaho. He resides in Moscow and considers the Palouse to be his home. He considers himself to be very fortunate to have been able to travel as he grew up and he uses his life experiences in the classroom (he’s been inside the Statue of Liberty and the Hoover Dam; stood inside a cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde, and hiked on the sides of the Grand Canyon. He played in the waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific, and has even been to North Pole, Alaska).

Before becoming an educator, Paul worked at a greenhouse affiliated with a private Christian school as the retail manager and then interim manager. Paul brings his love of nature and plants into the classroom on a regular basis (his 7th grade students grow indoor herb gardens to study plants). He believes the world lies at the feet of every student and it only takes caring and supportive adults to help them conquer it. 

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