Jordan Collier

Friday Thoughts: The Whirlwind

Whirlwind is a great descriptive term for the urgent day-to-day activities necessary for our school to run each day. 

  • Create unit plans and lesson plans
  • Gather supplies and make copies
  • Track attendance
  • Classroom management
  • Teach
  • Grade papers
  • Analyze assessment data from homework, quizzes, and tests
  • Updating grades
  • Manage emails
  • Parking lot or cafeteria duty
  • Enforce the handbook
  • Daily chapel

Then on days like today, we add a little more to the whirlwind.

  • Last day to turn in food for Feed the Multitude
  • Finishing ACT Aspire testing
  • Assembly bell schedule
  • Matinee play performance
    • Guests on campus
    • Two buses needed to pick up elementary students
    • Students participating in the play will miss class
    • 6-8 graders will be attending the play
  • Chapel in the gym (HS only)
  • Pep rally at the end of the day
  • Playoff football game tonight

The whirlwind is great— as long as we don’t lose site of our mission. It’s easy to concentrate and spend our time managing the whirlwind activities, and in turn, get distracted from doing what we deem truly important.

The whirlwind is something I’ve grown to love at CAC because among it all, I see teachers every day modeling Christ, developing relationships with students, encouraging them, challenging them, and helping them grow in mind, body, and soul— and that is our mission (which is way more important than simply managing the whirlwind).

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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