Jordan Collier

More Than Just Great Kids

Countless times I’ve said something along the lines of “We have great kids here at CAC.” And while that’s true, when you dig a little deeper, you find something else out. 

When talking about parenting, Andy Andrews said, “Remember, the goal is not to raise great kids; it’s to raise kids who become great adults,” and I think that’s a better representation of our students. Many of our students are becoming great adults, and I’d like to share two examples from this week. 

1. One of our students prefers to eat lunch in the office rather than the cafeteria. He doesn’t know many students, he’s not a huge fan of big crowds or the chaos that is HS lunch, and he would rather eat where it’s calm and quiet. That all makes sense to me and I completely understand. 

A couple of days ago, another student stopped by the office and noticed we had a student eating by himself and asked if he could join him. So for the past three days, he and two of his friends have eaten lunch in the office as well, and it’s hilarious listening to them laugh, share stories, and enjoy their time together. Those three students have really showed me this week what it means to reach out, to be a friend, and to care for others. 

2. Here is a screen shot of some a text conversation I had with a recent CAC alumn yesterday:  

More than just great kids

He and I began these book-related conversations a few years ago, and it’s great to see that he’s still pushing himself to learn on his own, to seek new information, and to improve areas of his life. He is well on his way to becoming a great adult (if he’s not already there). 

These are only two examples, but I’m sure all of us could share similar stories. In both instances above, it’s clear we do have some great kids here at CAC, but importantly, we have kids who are becoming great adults— and that’s just one more thing I love about CAC.

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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