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I am originally from Indiana, but have lived in the Fort Campbell/Clarksville area for 36 years. I have been happily married for 27 years to my husband, William. Together we have a 25 year old son named Devon, and a 15 year old son named Jace. We spend most of our free time attending church, visiting with family and friends, and supporting the boys in their love of soccer. I have 15 years of experience teaching second grade, and this is my 6th year teaching first grade. First graders are the best! While my time with your child is merely one school year, I hope to make it a positive one that fosters a lifetime love of learning.
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Welcome to first grade!     


 SUPPLY LIST:  CMCSS utilizes a unified school supply list.    I have included this list and the link to an electronic copy.  I have also included a wish list for our class.  The wish list items are not required, but it would be greatly appreciated if you could donate any of the wish list items for our classroom. 

First Grade School Supply List

1 backpack

1 dozen #2 yellow pencils (no mechanical pencils)

1 pair blunt scissors (fiskar-type preferred)

6 glue sticks

1 (4 oz.) bottle liquid glue

4 boxes (24 count) crayons *one box to be given out each 9 weeks

1 plastic school box

1 large box of tissues

1 bottle hand sanitizer

2 plastic 3-prong pocket folders

1 package of anti-bacterial wipes

1 package of 4 dry erase markers

1 package of washable markers

1 wide rule hard-bound composition notebook ( I would LOVE for your child to bring 2 if possible)

1 wide rule spiral notebook ( I would LOVE for your child to bring 2)

1 plastic inch/centimeter ruler

Mrs. Collins’ Class Wish List

The listed items below are not required items, but are things that would be helpful to have for our classroom this school year. Thank you for your support!


Gallon size Ziploc bags with sliding closures

Sandwich size Ziploc bags

Glade Plug-In Refills (Clean Linen scent would be great!)


Board games

Other indoor and outdoor recess items

Individually wrapped snacks (Goldfish, Pretzels, Animal Crackers, etc.)

Gummy candy (bears, worms, Lifesavers, etc.) (THIS IS ALWAYS NEEDED)

Dum-Dum lollipops


Bottled Water

Prizes for our treasure box (THIS IS ALWAYS NEEDED)

I will also add items to this Amazon wish list throughout the year.






We strive to be be Bucket Fillers, speaking and acting kindly at all times. We are a Whole Brain classroom, and follow the rules below.

Rule #1 Follow directions quickly

Rule #2 Raise your hand for permission to speak

Rule #3 Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat

Rule #4 Make smart choices

Rule #5 Be Kind to your teacher and peers

Classroom Books