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Dr. Catherine Collins

Title: (1) State Regent and President; (2) Retired Educator
Company: (1) Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Location: Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico, United States

Dr. Catherine Collins, State Regent and President of Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in bilingual education and organizational leadership.

Dr. Collins has excelled since 2021 as a state regent and president of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She has served with this organization for more than 40 years. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is a national organization providing local spirituality and community activities. In this position, Dr. Collins plans a state convention and meets for district financial reviews.

Prior to her current work with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Dr. Collins excelled for more than 40 years as an educator before her retirement in 2019. She held many positions in education, serving as a state educational administrator for two years, a district administrator for six years and a school principal for two years. Dr. Collins holds expertise in bilingual education and was named Teacher of the Month by the Santa Fe School. To keep abreast of her educational career, she maintained membership with the Delta Pi National Honor Society for Educators.

In preparation for her career, Dr. Collins earned a bachelor’s degree in 1982. She went on to study at the University of New Mexico, graduating with a master’s degree in 1990 and a Doctor of Philosophy in language literacy and sociocultural studies in 2006. Alongside her primary endeavors, Dr. Collins has served as a vice chair of the Taos Community Foundation, an ecumenical committee member of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and a committee member of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Dr. Collins credits her success to the support of her husband, who supported her through her master’s and doctoral studies while she was still nursing her son. She was drawn to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas because of her mother and the organization’s charitable work. Among her accomplishments, she is proudest of obtaining her doctorate, as neither of her parents ever finished their education. Among her 10 siblings, she was the first to attend college, after which she assisted four of her siblings in achieving their own degrees. In the coming years, Dr. Collins hopes to serve the Catholic Daughters of the Americas as a national regent.

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