Mrs. Tori McCollum
8th Grade B & Spanish (K-8)Email
¡Hola! My name is Victoria McCollum, but all of my students and most of the staff call me Profa, which is short for professora. I am thrilled to be the 7th and 8th-grade Spanish teacher this year at Lourdes, as well as helping to serve as the Homeroom Teacher for 7th grade. For me, the beauty of learning a new language is that it provides us the opportunity to learn more about the world around us and the community directly with our neighbors in the world. I take a lot of joy in watching my students come to have a deeper understanding or different perspective on history and culture. I attended Loyola University in Maryland and graduated with honors in 2003. While there, I had the opportunity to live abroad outside of Madrid, Spain and earn a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature. I went on to The Johns Hopkins School of Education to earn a Masters’ Degree in Curriculum Writing and Instruction and worked for two years in Baltimore City as a K-8 Spanish teacher through the program Teach for America. I worked for four more years teaching high school Spanish before leaving teaching to start a family and a business. Almost 10 years later, the Army brought my husband to the Rock Island Arsenal, and we reside in Bettendorf with our three beautiful boys, Ian (10), Malcolm (8) and Kellan (6) who are also students here at Lourdes. When not writing or executing engaging lessons for your children, I have returned to school, and am working on my Masters’ in School Leadership from St. Ambrose. In that precious free time I have left, enjoy participating in Tae Kwon Do, shuttling our boys to their different sports, and walking our little Dachshund, Crocker Waddlesworth (sometimes seen in the mornings as we drop the boys off at school).