Brenda Collins of Bossier City earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Northwestern in 1971 and a master’s in Elementary Teaching in 1978. She also earned credentials to serve as supervisor to student teachers, academically gifted certification, plus 30 graduate hours. Collins began her career at Winnfield Primary where she taught first grade special education and gifted and talented classes until 1986 when she moved to Elm Grove Junior High School in Bossier City. She later taught at Sun City Elementary in Bossier City before joining Glencoe McGraw-Hill Publishers as a senior sales representative for Louisiana.

Collins’ many professional honors include being named the 1995-96 Teacher of the Year for Sun City Elementary, Bossier Parish and the state of Louisiana. She was a Christa McAuliffe Memorial finalist for the U.S. Air Force South Central Region Teacher of the Year. She received an award of excellence from the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics and represented the state at the Goals 2000 Teacher Forum in Washington, D.C. She has been named to Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers and one of Bossier Parish’s Women Who Make a Difference.

Collins is a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church and several educator associations and has served as a motivational speaker at conferences throughout Louisiana. Collins and her husband James have been married for 40 years and have two children and five grandchildren.