April Collins, Principal
Phone - (828) 350-6206
Email - April.Collins@acsgmail.net
Principal Collins began her career as a middle school science and social studies teacher in Transylvania County before moving to Madison High School in 2000. For five years she was a 9th - 12th Grade science and social studies teacher. In 2005, Collins moved to North Buncombe Middle School where she was able to not only teach 7th and 8th graders but also support her students as the Track Coach, Washington D.C. Trip Organizer as well as the Yearbook Sponsor. Collins received her first assistant principal position in 2011. For six years, she designed and implemented Erwin Middle School’s school-wide PBIS program as well as oversaw 7th and 8th Grade curriculum. She was also the school’s Director of Buses, Testing, Safety and Student Health.
She began her tenure in Asheville City Schools as an Asheville Middle School assistant principal in 2017. Since joining the Cougar Family, Collins has overseen 6th, 7th and 8th Grade curriculum and discipline as well as served as her school’s Testing Coordinator, Safety Officer and Director of Custodians. In August 2019, Collins was promoted to Asheville Middle School’s Dean of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to her previous roles and responsibilities, she too began working closely with partners from the United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County to implement and develop Learning Circle for all AMS faculty and staff members.
“Since becoming a school-based administrator, my vision has been to promote my students and staff to become productive citizens in our ever-evolving society,” said Collins. “This can be achieved by nurturing a shared community that holds equity and achievement for all students as the cornerstone of its beliefs.”
Collins earned a Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades Education from Appalachian State University as well as her master’s degree in School Administration from Western Carolina University. She has also earned an Educational Specialist Degree from East Carolina University and holds certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.
When Collins is not cheering on the Cougars or fully engrossed in her principal duties, she enjoys running, traveling - she’s been to six of the seven continents - and spending time with her family. April is married to Chris Collins, and together they have four children. Mia is 20; Addi is 16; Canaan is 15, and Cade is 5.