Monday, October 3, 2011

Welcome Mrs. Collins to Dutch Fork High - New Staff Profile

Media Specialist, Jennifer Collins
Can you tell us a little about your background?
I graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s in English. Prior to coming to Dutch Fork High (my first K-12 job), I worked in an advertising agency in Washington, DC, a talent agency in New Your City, and then in the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs at the University of South Carolina. I got my Master’s in Library and Information Science while working at USC.

Why did you become a teacher?
One reason for becoming a teacher/librarian was to learn something new every day- from students and other teachers. After working with college students through my job at USC, I knew I wanted to work with students to help prepare them for an optimal college or work experience. I knew that being in a K-12 environment as opposed to a public library or academic library would give me more opportunities to interact with students on a regular basis.
What appealed to you about Dutch Fork High School?
I’m fairly new to Columbia, but I’m certainly aware of Lexington/Richland Five’s reputation. I also heard through Mrs. Medlock-Greene and others that (Media Specialist)Evelyn (Newman) had a great program at DFHS. It was important to me to work in a very active media center.
Tell us some interesting about yourself?
My shameless claim to fame is that I went to high school dances with both of the guys in Lady Antebellum. But I also love to travel and I love food- I’ll try anything once!

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