About Me

My [Young] Career:
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of North Florida and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration/Supervision from Liberty University.  I began my teaching career as a member of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS) at the Amazon Valley Academy (AVA) in Belém, Brazil. Because it was a small international school, there were additional needs that I quickly filled. During my time there I taught three years of Algebra 1 and Pre-Algebra as well as Physics, Geometry, and, of course, K-12 music. As I began to settle into my roles at AVA, I took on more administrative duties, beginning as the Lead Teacher in the High School/Junior High. I eventually progressed to be the acting Vice-Director while completing my administration internship for my Master’s degree. After completing my degree, I felt the Lord calling me back to a school in the United States. In 2009 I accepted my current position as the Elementary Principal position at Richmond Christian School in Chesterfield, Virginia.

In my [short] career I have been able to present and perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators Annual Conference in Toronto (2002) and New York City (2003) as well as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, The Vienne Jazz Festival (Vienne, France), Montreaux Jazz Festival (Montreaux, Switzerland), The North Sea Jazz Festival (The Hague, Netherlands), and various other regional festivals and clinics.

My Interests:
Technology is a big hobby of mine. I first got into it about 4 years ago when I was in Brazil. I first got very interested in the Open Source community and Linux. I eventually got the school in Brazil running Open Source on their computer lab...it was awesome. I am a huge advocate for technology in the classroom, as long as it is targeted and purposeful. I do not enjoy technology for the sake of novelty.

In addition to educational as a career and hobby, I also enjoy playing and refereeing soccer. I first became a certified United States Soccer Federation Referee when I was 15 years old. I continue to ref on weekends. It is great to see my students in another context...they all play!

Since I was a Music Ed. major, I should mention music. I love music. I am in the Praise Band at my local church and love leading worship. While my primary instrument was bass trombone, in college I realized it wasn't the most practical instrument (for group singing or serenading my girlfriend). I picked up an acoustic guitar and never looked back.  I love pretty much every genre of music, although I have to be in a special mood to listen to Country.

My Family:
Shortly after returning to the United States (in 2009) as a family of three, we found out we would soon become a family of FIVE. In February of 2010 the Lord blessed us with identical (and mirror) twin boys, Aiden (right) and Derek (left). Every day I am thankful to have a godly wife to stay at home and raise our three boys. My wife, Janelle, is amazing in every way possible and she inspires me on a daily basis, although I don’t envy her staying home with three boys only 19 months apart.

Note: This about page was updated to go along with the Teacher Challenge Kick Start Activity 3.


Lyn said...

I love you About page and I especially love your photo of your young sons. What a busy life for you and your wife. We had 3 children under 3. It was a busy time. Now they are in their late 20's and all great friends. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sara Jo said...

Interesting about page, and your boys are adorable!

Trevor J. Collazo said...

Thanks for the comments. Life certainly is interesting. Add on the 135 other children I look after every day, I am never short of excitement.

Amy Alrawi said...

I enjoyed reading that. I particularly like your point about technology in the classroom being purposeful and targeted.

Gorgeous kids.

Bill Ziegler said...

Seems we have a lot in common, I too became a principal very young. Now at 40, I'm praying about moving to the Supt. positions. I love your blog and plan on following. Are you on facebook and maybe we could connect through email.
Thanks for following my blog, it helped me find your blog.
My email is drbillziegler@gmail.com

I also have a national radio program that I would love to interivew you on. We could talk about what's it like being a principal and why you becamse an educator. Let me know if you are interested.
God Bless,
Bill Ziegler

Rabbi Micah Lapidus said...

Trevor-- you seem like a cool guy! I too am a "young" principal working in a Jewish day school with other young principals. It's exciting to be working (hopefully) to make our respective faith traditions resonate in complex and interesting times. Maybe our paths will cross sometime! Thanks for your tweet.

vivian said...

This is very encouraging. Do you have to have a principal certification from the state to be a principal in a private school?

Anonymous said...

You know what is even more interesting that all of this? The fact that he is single-handedly driving RCS into the ground. They are facing a massive budget deficit and plummeting enrolment. It's strange that in your short time at RCS it has never been in so much trouble. You should resign while RCS still lives, before it is too late.

Post a Comment