Michael Collins

Ruben S Ayala High School
Chino Hills, CA

Michael Collins is in his sixth year teaching the Engineering and Architecture CTE Pathway at Ruben S. Ayala High School after practicing architecture and design for 24 years as a co-founder of award winning GDS Architects and LifeArk. His transition from industry to education was seamless given his passion for both learning and sharing. He is a recipient of the California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award for his Engineering and Architecture Pathway that has seen enrollment increase from 125 to 210 students, increase female participation from 13% to 24% , 88% of enrolled students receiving college credit through articulation and graduates 20-40 CTE completers per annum. This past year’s Class of 2023 Seniors received 177 college acceptances, $1.2 million in scholarships and saw 100% attending college with 77% enrolled in STEM majors.

Michael graduated from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona with a Bachelor of Architecture and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams award. He is a PLTW certified instructor for Introduction to Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Principles of Engineering and the Capstone Engineering Design and Development. He is a mentor and Champion for the ACE Mentorship program which currently serves over 60 students and allows them to work directly with Architecture, Construction and Engineering professionals. He also serves as the advisor for Womxn in STEM and First Robotics and hosts an Alumni- LinkedIn page to promote scholarships, internships and jobs for former students.

Grants Awarded in 2024: NSHSS Educator of the Year Awards

The Educator of the Year Awards are presented annually to exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life. These awardees model best practices in teaching or administration inside and outside of the classroom, are peer role models, and demonstrate outstanding leadership and excellence in education. Any NSHSS Educator teaching high school has the opportunity to apply.