The other day I was listening to a speaker and he told a story about a pot. As he held up the old commercial steel pot, he said that although it was over 20 years old, it was still in good condition and would last many more years producing great meals at the soup kitchen. He asked us to think about how many things had been cooked in the pot and how it had fed many people over the years. Then This pot was a top quality commercial pot, built to last. As he continued his talk, he mentioned that while we may purchase pots and pans that may seem more glitzy or appear to be a great deal, if they were made of low quality, of sub-par materials, or of poor craftsmanship, they will eventually bend and break.he talked about the quality of the pot.
Similar to the quality pot, Columbia School District is built on quality. Columbia School District has many excellent highly qualified teachers teaching our children. Earlier this year Columbia Central High School teacher Mr. Kevin Miller was nominated for the Michigan Teacher of the year for the American Legion. His nomination was based on his impact on the Columbia community. The quality of the Columbia Central Leadership program, like the quality of the pot, has stood the test of time and impacted the community by providing the Forum program for the high school students, which has been reproduced at other Jackson County high schools. In addition, the activities and community impact strategies Mr. Miller instills in his students through the Leadership program changes lives for the better. The Leadership students sponsor blood drives, facilitate the Hope Run, and work with the Brooklyn Buddies. Mr. Miller’s contributions to the community also include his coaching, and especially his many years of coaching varsity softball and football at Columbia Central.
Columbia School District has many quality teachers, staff and administrators. This past spring Mrs. Angie Hogle was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce. Her positive enthusiastic focus on educational opportunities for her students is infectious! When you enter her room you see the children engrossed in one of many learning opportunities and Mrs. Hogle leading the way. Over the past couple years Mrs. Hogle has written grants and worked to accumulate STEM activities to enhance the learning environment for her students. In addition, to her work with students during the school year, Mrs. Hogle spent time the past two summers teaching robotics to first and second graders in our summer program.
Living by the motto, “let a book be your ticket to the world”, Mrs. Schmidt has opened the eyes of Columbia Central junior high students to the world around them. She helps students who never have been interested in reading to love getting into the next book. Her students have had an opportunity to expand their ability to write and several of her students recently placed in a county-wide a poetry contest. Many of her former students who have moved onto college, often talk about their junior high English class and give Mrs. Schmidt the credit for teaching them to be a great writers.
One aspect of the quality education Columbia students receive is the opportunity to experience using technology. Mr. Moore teaches technology in education to kindergartners through sixth grade students. His students use Chromebooks, iPads and learn how to create web pages, write code, and create technology. In addition to his work during the school day, Mr. Moore works with students in our football and track programs.
Together the highly qualified teachers at Columbia make a difference in the lives of our children each and every day. Columbia has stood the test of time, being an impressive successful educational learning environment filled with quality employees: amazing teachers, and many fabulous instructional aides, staff members, and administrators. Just like the top quality pot, lasting the test of time, Columbia will continue providing excellence in education for years to come. If you are interested in learning more about Columbia, email me at Pamela.Campbell@myeagles.org or call 5175926641.