Mr. Collins served as the Deputy Superintendent for Merced City School District (MCSD) for two years before his appointment as MCSD Interim Superintendent on July 1, 2021. Before this role, he served in multiple leadership roles in the District, including as Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and Director of Pupil Services. In his role in Human Resources, Mr. Collins was named the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Administrator of the year for Region IX. He previously served as both Assistant Principal and Principal for Tenaya Middle School and Principal at Sheehy Elementary School. Mr. Collins also served as Principal of Hoover Middle School, the school from which he graduated from junior high school. Having spent most of his educational career in the Central Valley, Mr. Collins is passionate about supporting staff and partnering with parents and other stakeholders to build on the great tradition of teamwork to drive student success.
Mr. Collins began his educational career in 1997 as a Biology and Physical Science teacher for West Covina Unified School District. He also taught U.S History and U.S. Government at Chaffey High School in Ontario before moving home to Merced in 2000 to teach at Golden Valley High School for six years. At GVHS, he taught Advanced Placement Government and Economics and also coached men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and softball.
Raised in Merced, California, Superintendent Collins is committed to preparing all students to thrive now and into the future by improving literacy, providing rigorous instruction with high expectations for students and staff, and providing every student with tailored instruction and support to meet their individual needs. He is deeply invested in and committed to our growing Chowchilla community.