Teaching can be a calling or a career for some, but to Ms. Collins, it is a blessing that she says changed her life. “I am living again. I see hope in all of my students’ faces and in my son’s life. This job saved my life,” said Janet Collins, Criminal Justice Teacher at Kingwood High School.
For more than twenty years, Collins worked for the criminal justice system. “I worked in Dallas as a probation officer and I covered domestic violence court cases. I supervised officers and clients,” said Collins. But that was not the end of her career. Collins also took positions as a specialized substance abuse officer, as an investigator and a caseworker for Child Protective Services. One day everything changed for Ms. Collins.
“I always wanted to be a teacher. I said to myself why not have fun in teaching something that I have done all of my life?” With that mindset, she decided to apply to be a teacher in Humble ISD.
“By the next morning I was getting a call from the district. They said ‘we want you to come in for an interview tomorrow’. It was a blessing. By that Friday of the same week, I was employed as a teacher for Humble ISD,” said Collins.
It has been four years since Collins started working at Kingwood High School. Now, she shares her personal story with all of her students and uses her real life experience to teach them and inspire them. “She is making a big impact on people’s lives. Since I entered high school, I didn’t know what to do. I was lost, I was scared, but now I know what I want to do. I want to go into law enforcement,” said Cristobal Jodinez, student at Kingwood High School.
In 2014, Mrs. Collins received a grant from the Humble ISD Education Foundation to build a courtroom
where students will be able to conduct trials and learn about the court system. “I am really happy and excited. The builders have already started measuring and they are ready to build it. The courtroom will be removable, so students can use it at different locations.
“I might be teaching a future lawyer, a future judge, a future behavioral analyst or a forensic scientist,” said Collins. “I thank Dr. Sconzo because, Bodie Wagener, Liz Rogers, and Dr. Ted Landry. Because Humble ISD believed in me, I now get the opportunity to show my students I believe in them.”