Our Faculty

Jill Collins

Education: Jill Collins received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Health K-12 and her Master Degree in Education with a concentration in Biology from Averett University.
During her teaching career she has taught STEM summer camps, special education, physical education, and life science.  
Email: jill.collins@pcs.k12.va.us
Interest Profile: To prepare for the STEM Academy she has furthered her teaching experience by attending and presenting at various workshops. Her teaching style includes inquiry and problem based lessons, while emphasizing on the use of technology with hands on activities.
Career Highlights:
  • PCS STEM Academy Planning Committee
  • Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement Coach through William & Mary and VT                
  • VDOE Eighth Grade Science Standard of Learning Committees                
  • 2014 Air Force Association STEM Educator of the Year
Ms. Keith
Amanda Keith

Education: Amanda Keith graduated as a Dean Scholar of Mathematics from Radford University in 2001 with a B.S. in Mathematics.  She also graduated in 2006 from the University of Virginia with a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction as Mathematics Specialist.
Email: Amanda.Keith@pcs.k12.va.us 
Interest Profile: Ms. Keith resides in northern Pittsylvania County.  Throughout her teaching career students have used math explorations to understand the meaning and applications of content.  She also has integrated science and technology into classroom instruction.   

She has been awarded the 2007 GHS Educator of the Year.  In 2008 she also received the 2008 Raytheon Math Hero Award.
 Jacob taylor

Education: Jacob Taylor is a 2004 Honor Graduate and Graduate of Merit from Gretna High School. He graduated from Bridgewater College in 2008 with Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. Prior to teaching at the STEM Academy, Mr. Taylor taught Physics and various Math courses at Gretna High School.
Email: jacob.taylor@pcs.k12.va.us
Interest Profile: He resides in the northern part of Pittsylvania County with his wife, Starla, two daughters, Vivian and Kaylen, and his son, Ivan. His two daughters both attend Pittsylvania County Schools.  Mr. Taylor stays busy outside of school with various construction and farming related activities.  He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys kayaking, camping, hunting, and fishing.