Horace Mann and the Illinois Principals Association are pleased to announce that Robert Collins, Principal of Middle School North, has been named the 2018 Lake Region Middle School Principal of the Year. The award recognizes middle school principals in 21 Illinois regions who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community.
Mr. Collins, whose hometown is Buffalo Grove, has served as principal at Hawthorn Middle School North for six years. He earned degrees from Millikin University in Education and Music and a master’s degree in administration from Concordia University.
Last month, Mr. Collins and the staff at Hawthorn Middle School North received the ASCD “Whole Child Award.” This award acknowledges those schools that have changed the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the development of the whole child: a child who is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.
Mr. Collins recently served as guest speaker at the Illinois Music Educators District VII Festival on “Differentiation and the Arts.” He also recently spoke at two national conferences hosted by the National Association of Middle Level Education. He has been invited to speak on meeting the needs of the whole child in Orlando, Florida in October.
Mr. Collins has been listed in “Who’s Who in American Education” and was the recipient of the National Honor Roll of Exceptional Teachers. His professional affiliations include the Illinois Principals Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Gifted Students, and the International Reading Association.