John Collins began his career in education in 1976 working with the San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Community College Adult Education Program.
John came to the Poway Unified School District in 1989 as an assistant principal at Twin Peaks Middle School. In 1992, John became Rancho Bernardo High School’s assistant principal, and in 1993 he was selected as the principal of Rancho Bernardo High School.
John’s work as a districtwide administrator began in 1996 as an area superintendent. He then served as an assistant superintendent (1998-2000), associate superintendent (2000-2001), and acting superintendent (2001). As deputy superintendent from 2001 to June 2010, John’s responsibilities included leading Business Support Services and Learning Support Services. He served as Chief Business Officer from 2003 to 2010, and led the PUSD Building for Success program which modernized 24 schools and built 7 new schools.
John serves as secretary for the Citizens’ Oversight Committee for both Propositions U and C Bonds. He is a member of the PUSD/Poway Federation of Teachers Negotiation Team, a position held since 1999. John also is a member of the San Diego State University Ed.D. Educational Leadership Community Partnership Governance Committee, and he is a member of Junior Achievement San Diego & Imperial County Board of Directors.
John has been featured as a conference speaker and facilitator at the state and national level. He presented “Poway’s Way: Students and Teachers ‘owning’ Assessments that Truly Measure the Growth of Learning” at a teleconference in June 2009; “Using a Vertically-scaled Growth Model to Create a Student-level 3-year ‘Advanced Warning System’ ” at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA)conference in February 2009; and “Poway Unified School District Partners with Parent Group as a Formula for Success in Decreasing the Educational Achievement Gap” at the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) in November 2008.
John received honors as Administrator of the Year (Central Office Category) from the Association of California School Administrators, Region 18, in May 2008, and recognitions from the Association of Poway School Managers for “Outstanding Contributions as District Office, Executive Cabinet” in 2006, 2004, and 2001, and “Secondary Principal of the Year” in 1994 and 1995.
John completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees from San Diego State University in San Diego, California. He has a bachelor's degree in English, graduating with honors and distinction in his major, and holds a master's degree in Educational Administration. John received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California at San Diego/San Diego State University/ California State University at San Marcos.