School Board Recognition Month: Board Secretary Forrest Collins
January 7, 2021
January is School Board Recognition Month, and we are excited to recognize our Aledo ISD Trustees throughout the month!
School board members are the largest group of elected officials in the state, numbering more than 7,000 statewide. Take a moment to say thank you for the work school board members are doing on behalf of your students and community.
Three Questions with Forrest Collins, Board Secretary
Where did you grow up/graduate from high school?
I went to elementary school at JL Boren in Mansfield where I lived with my grandparents. In 7th grade, I moved to Arlington to live with my mother and ended up graduating from Arlington High School.
Who was your favorite teacher growing up and why?
Coach Jeff Plemons and Coach Robert Greene were my favorite teachers. I was blessed to have both of those men support me through my high school years. Coach Plemons was like a big brother who mentored me, believed in me and watched over me. He taught me how to combine passion and hard work. Coach Greene was a father figure who taught me that the most important thing you can be in life is a good person. He would always push me to improve myself by saying, “if what you did yesterday still seems big then you haven’t done much today.”
Why was it important to you to be on the Aledo ISD school board?
Public education is the ladder on which any child, no matter their circumstances, can climb to success and to realize a better life. When you understand that then you understand our educators are doing the Lord’s work. It is incredibly important to me that children have the most opportunities and the least obstacles to climb that ladder and realize their own greatness. It’s also incredibly important that parents have a voice and meaningful insight in how their community schools educate their children. I’m blessed to be able to support and fight for our families and teachers in Aledo ISD.