Chasity Collier believes the two most important
days in someone’s life are the day they are born and the day they realize why.
After graduating from the University of South Alabama in 1998, Collier began
her teaching career at an inner city elementary school. A week into the job, she
began having second thoughts and sought advice from her mother. Her mother
asked her, “Are you enjoying what you are doing? If you are not, your students
are not.” That conversation changed Collier’s thinking, and she immediately
took a new approach to teaching, making it her mission to find strategies to
make learning more engaging and relevant to the lives of students. Collier took
a seven-year hiatus from the classroom to work as an Alabama Math, Science, and
Technology Initiative (AMSTI) coach. She returned to the classroom in 2015,
teaching science full-time at Dawes Intermediate School with a clearly defined
“why.” She has learned throughout the years that her why is not only to teach,
but to teach in a way that inspires her students each and every day.