Jordan Collier

10 Reasons I’m Proud of CAC

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it dawned on me that as educators, we’ve been trained to identify problems— which in reality, means we spend much of our time focusing on the negative in order to create a positive. Todd Whitaker points out, “Sometimes we get so involved in ‘fixing’ that we forget to revel in what is working.” We can’t fall into that trap! CAC is a great school with so many things to be proud of, so I jotted down a list of 10 reasons I’m proud of our school.

  1. Mustang Missions and its impact on our students and our community. Just last week, we were able to donate 125 boxes of Thanksgiving meals.
  2. Having daily Bible classes and daily chapel. Both are foundational principles we have been able to follow year after year. Chapel is such a critical element of our school culture because it’s an opportunity to confess what we value, it’s an opportunity to worship God together, and it builds community.
  3. We have great kids with good hearts. A great example of that is the History Club’s Veterans Day assembly and reception this past Monday. Our students led the charge and created a great event for our guests.
  4. We have actively supportive parents— many serve and pray for our school on a daily basis. Most schools crave some parental involvement, and our parents are all over it!
  5. We have a common faith among our faculty and staff. Having grown up in a public school and then teaching at one for several years, I have really come to value being surrounded by Christian examples each and every day. They hold me accountable and serve as great role models as we all grow in our faith.
  6. We have a positive, caring environment, and our students and faculty genuinely want the best for each other. Two key questions I hear often when we’re making decisions: What’s best for this student? What’s best for all our students?
  7. We are a school built on community and relationships. It’s one of the first things anyone notices when visiting our school— our students really feel connected and value the relationships they have with teachers and other students.
  8. We work hard to meet the needs of our diverse students. We’re creative, we work within our boundaries, and we do our best to reach each and every student.
  9. We provide various extra-curricular activities for our students to help them discover their strengths, and we have teachers who invest countless hours into our school, our students, and our programs.
  10. I have three elementary-age Mustangs who can’t wait to one day be a student on Mustang Mountain. They are looking up to the older kids, and they have some amazing role models to follow.Despite our training and desire to identify problems in order to find solutions, I want to encourage you to think about the reasons you’re proud of our school. The more you focus on what’s good, the more good you will see.

    Creating a list of reasons I’m thankful for CAC was a lot of fun and encouraging for me to do. We should all take some time to jot down our own lists. I’d love to read what you come up with if you’d like to share.
    Have a great Thanksgiving break!

Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Secondary Principal

Jordan Collier is the secondary principal at CAC. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, Jordan was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Each week, Jordan shares his Friday Thoughts with the CAC faculty and staff, and an excerpt of that is shared on The 'Stang.

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