Beattie Elementary School

Open Classrooms, Endless Possibilities
3000 Meadowlark Avenue Fort Collins CO 80526
Phone:(970) 488-4225 Fax:(970) 488-4227 Attendance: (970) 488-4226

Mrs. Susie McCollum

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Phone Number: 
488-4238; 488-4248
Music Room; Computer Lab
About Me
I was born in Springfield, Illinois. I am the youngest of six children (my identical twin sister is nine minutes older). Our family moved to New Hope, MN after my twin sister and I completed kindergarten. After college, my husband's job offer with the Forest Service brought us to Fort Collins. We have a 24 year old son and an 19 year old daughter. My husband and I enjoy hiking and biking.
Professional Background/Education/Experience: 

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors degree in Music Education and from Wichita State University with a Masters degree in Bassoon Performance. I completed my Kodály certification at CSU in 2009. "Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967), prominent Hungarian composer and musician, directed a significant portion of his creative endeavors to the musical education of the Hungarian nation-an interest which developed over many years. Such efforts were initiated with the folk song collection beginning in 1905. As he became aware of the great need to improve the quality of singing and music training of teachers and children alike, he began composing for children’s choruses in the 1920’s and required his composition students to do the same. Folk music provided inspiration, as well as the musical basis, for many of the compositions. By 1929 he was determined to reform the teaching of music and to make it an integral part of the education of every child."

What I love about working at Beattie: 

I love working with dedicated and amazing colleagues at Beattie who truly want the best for each and every student! I also enjoy learning new technology which enhances my classroom teaching.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: 

I enjoy performing on my bassoon and contra bassoon with the Fort Collins Symphony, the Fort Collins Wind Symphony, and the Wyoming Symphony. I enjoy walking, birding, and a rousing game of Scrabble.