Colleen Adkins, Northside High School Counselor, has been named the winner of the 2011 Southwestern Region Advanced Placement Award. The prestigious award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated long-term and multifaceted involvement with the Advanced Placement (AP) program.
Adkins, who serves as the school’s AP and AAIMS Coordinator, has been instrumental in increasing the number of students enrolled in AP courses. "Colleen's commitment to the AAIMS initiative at Northside has been monumental," said Principal Jim Garvey. "Her leadership during this process to challenge our students to make the leap to Advanced Placement has been pivotal to the continued success of our advanced programs. She is most deserving of this recognition and we all appreciate her efforts."
In 2010, Northside was recognized for demonstrating the highest percentage gain in students passing the AP exam in the nation. “The success of the Advanced Placement Program at Northside High School is due in large part to the organizational and leadership skills of Colleen Adkins,” said Martin Mahan, FSPS Director of Secondary Education. “Her commitment, work ethic and passion for student success provided the foundation for creating and embracing a culture of high expectations.”
Adkins will be honored at a ceremony during the College Board’s Southwestern Regional Forum in February.