About Mr. McCollum
Mr. Steven McCollum is a founding faculty member of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School who, during his 22-years teaching at the school, had a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of students. He played an integral role in shaping our school’s culture and its strong academic program. Mr. McCollum was one of the first cohort of teachers who ushered in a new educational alternative for children in the Joplin area when the school opened in 1993.
He began teaching in 1966, and his career led him to schools in Spain, Singapore, England, Iran, and several schools in the U.S. including Wichita Collegiate School. He was intimately involved in regional, state, and national education policy planning — especially in the area of student assessment — and served for several years on the Board of Trustees of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.
Mr. McCollum retired at the end of the 2013-2014 school year and was elevated to Faculty and Academic Dean Emeritus during the celebration of his career on May 17, 2014. During the celebration, Debra Humphreys, Chairman of TJ’s Board of Trustees, announced the creation of the Steven McCollum Distinguished Speakers Series.
Mr. McCollum passed away in June 2018, in the town of his birth, McMinnville, Oregon. The entire TJ Community celebrated his life on Nov. 24, at the school.
Watch this video to hear from former TJ students about the impact Mr. McCollum had on them.