About JOE LANDON
BiographyJoe Landon is Executive Director of Communications Services for the School District of Collier County and keeps Citizen readers updated on what’s happening in local schools with his weekly “Class Notes” column. He may be reached at email@example.com, or by phone at 239-377-0180. Joe was a TV and radio broadcaster for 30 years prior to joining the district in 1998. He is also the former general manager of WSGL radio (CLASS 103 FM). Among other responsibilities with the Collier school district, Joe manages the Education Channel, Comcast cable 99 and online at www.collierschools.com. Naples has been Joe's home for 22 years. A native of South Bend, Indiana, Joe worked in radio in Joliet, Illinois, and then spent 19 years working for TV and radio stations in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Niles, Michigan. Joe is a graduate of Columbia College, Chicago.
- Columnist - Collier Citizen
02/17/2006 - current
Class Notes: Superintendent hosting town hall meeting to explain referendum
Published 03/22/2012 at 11:53 a.m.
There isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t read or hear about Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul or President Barack Obama. While November’s general election day is still a few months away, we’re already focused ...
Class Notes: Making science come alive for district’s students
Published 09/22/2011 at 4:54 p.m.
We like to say that our science department makes science come alive for our students. That’s truer than ever because of the sharp focus on science instruction this year both here and across the state. If you are a parent ...
Class Notes: More advice on keeping children thinking during the summer
Published 06/14/2011 at 2:10 p.m.
The average loss of knowledge for a student is 18 percent during the summer break and maybe as much as 30 percent for English language learners. We established that last week as we shared ways you can help keep learning ...
Class Notes: Even though summer is here, learning shouldn’t stop
Published 06/10/2011 at 6 a.m.
School’s out for the summer as of yesterday. It’s officially summertime for our students. But even though classes won’t be in session again until August 22, that doesn’t mean learning needs to stop for 11 weeks.
Class Notes: 2,600 Collier County seniors graduating today
Published 05/31/2011 at 2:13 p.m.
The song lyric goes, “It’s a time for joy, a time for tears, a time we’ll treasure through the years. We’ll remember always, graduation day.” And today is graduation day for about 2,600 seniors graduating from one of our Collier ...
Class Notes: U.S. Marines magazine features article on Naples alternative school
Published 05/23/2011 at 4:50 p.m.
They say “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” but unless you are a Marine, my guess is that you don’t read “Leatherneck,” the magazine of the U.S. Marines. As unlikely as it may seem, there’s a piece in this month’s ...
Class Notes: ‘Get Help Clinic’ helps Golden Gate families in need
Published 05/17/2011 at 12:12 p.m.
We told you last week about all of the folks the Collier County School Board would be recognizing at this week’s board meeting — the volunteers of the year and employees of the year. One of our community recognitions highlighted ...
Class Notes: School Board to name employees, volunteers of the year
Published 05/10/2011 at 10:48 a.m.
Next Tuesday’s School Board meeting will be all about the people who make education happen here in Collier County — the employees and volunteers. Together, they help make our world go ‘round.
Class Notes: High school students produce PSAs for state contest
Published 05/03/2011 at 2:51 p.m.
What’s super about public schools? Sure, I’d like to hear what you think (send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org), but I also want you to know that the same question was posed to Florida’s high school students recently by the ...
Class Notes: Tune into the Education Channel for Golden Apples and more
Published 04/25/2011 at 4:55 p.m.
Six of our outstanding teachers will literally be in the spotlight, on stage at the Phil, during the Education Foundation of Collier County’s 21st Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday (May 3rd).
Class Notes: Education Channel to broadcast multiple student competitions
Published 03/11/2014 at 2:51 p.m.
We always focus as much attention as we can on our shining stars — our outstanding students. We have three reasons to do so today.
Class Notes: Four area students share their winning Laws of Life essays at Hilton banquet
Published 03/04/2014 at 7:26 p.m.
There's a big difference between being a "character" and having "good character." We want our students to learn the character traits that'll help them enjoy success in life.
Class Notes: Collier schools offering new entrepreneurship course to high school juniors
Published 02/25/2014 at 4:41 p.m.
There's a new course offering for high school juniors this year that gives students license to dream about their futures.
Class Notes: College Goal Weekend offers high schoolers financial aid help
Published 02/19/2014 at 9:38 a.m.
This is a big weekend for our college-bound high schoolers here in Collier County, a real difference-maker you might call it.
Class Notes: Four middle schoolers win FGCU scholarships at regional science fair
Published 02/11/2014 at 3:32 p.m.
It's all about the students. They are why we exist and why we do what we do here at Collier County Public Schools. Today, we're shining our spotlight on two special groups of students.
Class Notes: Saturdays for Success Academy focused on helping struggling students
Published 02/04/2014 at 4:15 p.m.
So what did you do last Saturday morning? I am proud to say that I went to school, yes, school on a Saturday. It was a beautiful morning.
Class Notes: Many financial aid options available for area college-bound students
Published 01/28/2014 at 3:49 p.m.
It was about a year ago that I wrote a column in which I urged college-bound students, and their moms and dads, to not leave money on the table. I had just learned that a lot of scholarship money and ...
Class Notes: Quality Counts report: Florida education rank moves from 12th to 7th place
Published 01/22/2014 at 11:38 a.m.
We love spending quality time with family and friends, and many of us proudly state that we prefer quality over quantity when it comes to certain things.
Class Notes: Motivational speaker helps area teachers remember why they got into education
Published 01/14/2014 at 6:16 p.m.
They came in school buses, and some arrived by car, but they left, it seems, riding on a cloud, feeling good about what they'd just heard and where they are going from here.
Class Notes: Guest teachers share what they love about spending time with Collier's students
Published 01/02/2014 at 2:25 p.m.
If you're like me, you are still adding New Year's resolutions to an already long list. I love the fresh start a new year brings, the chance to do more and the opportunity to reinvent ourselves in some way.
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