Message From The Principal

Dear Collins Families,

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us. Our mission is to create connected, capable, contributing citizens who achieve their highest potential. We want kids to love coming to school, have the skills they need to succeed and own their own power to make a positive difference. I am so proud of the academic and personal growth our Collins Coyotes are making this year, with the support of our dedicated and caring staff members and families.

Collins is a richly-diverse school with almost 500 unique and important students and around 57 talented and hard-working staff members. Twenty or more languages are spoken by families at our school. We celebrate what each student and staff member brings to our school.

We are committed to using equitable, restorative and trauma-informed practices. Our School-Wide management program is called Safe and Civil Schools (a PBIS program) that is built on research-based practices to set students up for success. It is a positive, proactive program that uses data-based decision-making to create a safe and positive learning environment. In academics and behavior, we treat mistakes as an opportunity to learn and embrace a growth mindset.

Our instruction and curriculum are designed to help all students meet the Common Core Standards and Next Gen Science Standards. Our goal is to actively engage students in meaningful and rigorous instruction. Some content, like math, may be different from what parents learned, but we are here to help! it’s exciting to see how students are developing conceptual understanding and learning at a deeper level. In addition to our core instruction, students enjoy fitness, library, music and social/emotional learning (primary grades) during their specialist time.

We use multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to ensure students don’t fall through the cracks. Our skilled Learning Specialists, along with our Behavior Support Team, provide additional support for more than 100 students in our LAP program. We offer Special Education Services (academic, social/emotional, behavioral, speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy) to students who qualify. If you think your student needs more help, please contact us at 253-298-3400 or by email at

In the fall of 2020, Collins will open a beautiful, new school! Our new address will be 1920 128th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98445. The ground is already broken. Check out the progress over the course of next year.

We know students do best when the school and family work together. Your input is important to us. Don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance or if you have any questions.

Dr. Barbara Mondloch
Dr. Barbara Mondloch
Dr. Barb Mondloch
Principal, Collins Elementary
(253) 298-3400