About The Teacher

Mr. Brandon Collins, M.Ed.
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Greater Nanticoke Area John S. Fine Senior High School

Chemistry Teacher

collinsb@gnasd.com


About Mr. Collins


Mr. Collins is a 2003 graduate of Pittston Area Senior High School. Mr. 
Collins attended King's College in the fall of 2003, where he pursued the 
study of a Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry and General Science. 

In August of 2007, Mr. Collins became a high school Chemistry teacher at Holy 
Cross High School, a school of the Scranton Diocese. While at Holy Cross, Mr. 
Collins was the advisor to the school newspaper, Pennsylvania Junior Academy 
of Science Coordinator, and co-moderator of the Pennsylvania Bar Association 
Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Competition.

During the Summer of 2008, Mr. Collins participated in Wilkes University's 
Science in Motion Program (SIM), which provides science teachers with 
training to develop and implement successful lab curriculum and how to 
incorporate lab resources from Wilkes University into the classroom.

In June of 2008, Mr. Collins began his career at Greater Nanticoke Area, 
working to co-moderate the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition 
and GNA Science Olympiad team. Mr. Collins also advises interested Chemistry 
students in the ACS High School Chemistry Exam Competition each 
year.

During the summer of 2009, Mr. Collins was selected to particpate in the 
Teacher in the Workplace Program in cooperation with Luzerne County Community 
College and Wilkes University. As part of the program, Mr. Collins worked 
with the Pennsylvania American Water Company at the Ceasetown Water Treatment 
facility, learning about the science and job skills needed for our students 
to be succesful in their future careers. 

Mr. Collins was selected to participate in the Susquehanna Aquatic and 
Biodiversity Network (SABN) Fellowship as part of the 2011 Pennsylvania Sea 
Grant Program, conducting biological and chemical research on the wildlife, 
plant life, and aquatic life within the Susquehanna River basin. Mr. Collins 
collected data as part of this research study and implemented  much of the 
information and experiences into his Chemistry classes. 

In the spring of 2012, Mr. Collins completed his Masters of Education Degree 
from King's College in Science Curriculum and Instructional Practices. Mr. 
Collins is currently working on his Masters of Education in Educational 
Administration through the University of Scranton.

Mr. Collins became the Student Council Co-Moderator, along with Ms. Warman, 
in 2012 and looks forward to working to involve students in events and other 
happenings in the classroom, school, and local community. The Student Council 
has held several popular events including a Mock DUI Car Crash prior to Prom, 
a Drug Awareness Campaign, a Student Auction to raise money for charity, and 
assisted with the annual district food and toy drive.

During the spring of 2014, Mr. Collins was awarded as Favorite Teacher in 
Northeastern Pennsylvania through a contest run by local radio station 
98.5KRZ and Dunkin Donuts. 

In addition to being a High School Chemistry Teacher, Mr. Collins is a 
volunteer firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and Captain for the 
Hughestown Hose Company. This experience has helped Mr. Collins to deal with 
emergency situations, provide first aid and other medical services, and how 
to safely work with Hazardous Materials.



Student Expectations


Chemistry is considered a very challenging subject and that notion is 
rightfully so. Chemistry is the central science, linking to all sciences and 
is very math intensive. Prepare to be challeneged. As a student, I can only 
ask for one thing from you, your very best effort each and every day. If you 
do your best, challenege yourself, and become involved in the class, you will 
have a very successful Chemistry experience.

The door is always open. I usually come to school very early in the morning 
and make myself available through the late afternoon. If you do not 
understand something, please come ask for help if class is not 
enough.