My Parents, My Mentors

Carmel and Bill Collins

I am honored and proud to have an article published in the October 2018 edition of the National Business Education Association‘s Business Education Forum magazine. When asked to author an article about my mentors in the field of education, it was a no-brainer to select my parents! Both had long and successful careers as public school educators in the Plymouth Public Schools system. My mother taught 4th and 1st grade, while my father taught 7th-grade math. I still call them every morning on my way to school to talk about the upcoming day. Yes, they’re still on the “teacher” sleep schedule years into retirement and are awake at that hour! Doesn’t retirement look good on them? 🙂





About the blogger:  Jacqueline Prester is a business educator and instructional technology specialist at Mansfield High School. She was the 2015 Massachusetts Business Teacher of the Year and has been nationally recognized for her contributions to education in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, technology, and STEM.  Jacqueline serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for MassCUE, the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the MBEA, a Discovery Education Program Champion, an NGPF Financial Literacy Fellow, and co-founded Edcamp Southeastern Massachusetts. She is currently working towards her National Board Certification in Career and Technology Education, specializing in Business, Marketing, and Financial Services. Connect with her on Twitter @mrsprester or at

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