Nick Collier of Hartselle High School Wins "The Valley's Top Teacher" Award

Congrats to the high school health teacher and track coach!

HARTSELLE, Ala. - World-renowned teacher Confucius once said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Many would agree that that adage sums up Coach Nick Collier at Hartselle High School. The Valley's Top Teacher says he loves helping others succeed, and multiple students and athletes say they attribute their success to Coach Collier's genuineness.

"I teach to these kids all the time (to) never settle," said Coach Collier. "Mediocre is never an option. Never settle, you can always do better."

Nick Collier strives to be a source of strength for students: someone they can trust, and someone they can talk to.

"I try to teach them what they need to know for when they leave these high schools... that it's not as bad as you think it is here... that world is a whole different place when you get out of these walls," said Collier. "I try to be real to them, teach them real-life situations.... i just try to help them grow."

The Valley's Top Teacher is admired for going above and beyond to truly make a difference in young adults' lives.

Many student-athletes say that his genuine concern has helped them grow.

"I'm not surprised he won the valley's top teacher because he's an amazing teacher," said Austin Orr, one of Collier's student-athletes. "He's kind of like a dad to everyone on the track team.

"He's always there for us," said student-athlete, Gavin Jared. "He really loves us as kids and as students, and even more as athletes." 

"Many students will come to him," said student-athlete, Billy Shelton. "He's kind of like a counselor. He helps many people."

The health teacher says he hopes students will take home lessons that go beyond the classroom and beyond the field.

"Everything is hard work in life," said Coach Collier. "There will be trials and tribulations. You just can't give up. You just have to keep moving forward. If everything was easy, then everyone would accomplish everything out there that they want to do, so you can't give up. You have to have patience. You have to keep striving."

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