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April Staff Member of the Month

by Hannah Allen, Panther Press Editor-in-Training


This month's staff member of the month is Lydia Peek, Collinsville's Elementary Principal. Panther Press Editor-in-Training Hannah Allen sat with Ms. Peek to find out more about her.

HA: How long have you worked for Collinsville High School?

LP: I have worked 9 years as a teacher and now 2 as the elementary principal.

HA: Do you have another job or side hustle?

LP: No hobbies, just school , school , school!

HA: What life path would you have taken if you weren’t at Collinsville?

LP:  I could see myself doing real estate or interior design. 

HA: What has been the most challenging part of your job?

LP:  Finding a way to reach and motivate kids that are hard to get through.

HA: What has been your favorite part of the job?

LP:  Seeing the kids grow and learn as they get older.

HA: What is your favorite food?

LP: Pizza

HA: What is your favorite hobby?

LP: Spending time with family ,  shopping , going to church , and time at the beach.

HA: What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?

LP: The golden girls and crime shows in the past.

HA: What is your favorite type of music?

LP: Most music genres ( stuck on Teddy Swims)

HA:  Have you always known you wanted to be a principal?

LP:  No, my first few years I would have never thought, but slowly it became a goal

HA: How do you keep up with everything you need to remember?

LP: Sticky notes, calendar , and the notes in my phone.

HA: If you were stuck on an island, which principal would you want to be with you?

LP: Both, because Mr. Crawford is resourceful and could get us out of a bind and I would take Mrs. Osborn because she’d keep me laughing.

HA: What is a quote that shows your outlook on life?

LP: “ Do your best until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou

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