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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com), 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: Amazing amount of holiday giving from our students and schools this year
Published 12/19/2013 at 1:26 p.m.
Those of us who work for Collier County Public Schools know just how fortunate we are to live and work in one of the best communities in the United States, if not the world.
Class Notes: Immokalee High senior accomplishing much on the field and in the classroom
Published 12/12/2013 at 4:06 p.m.
Here at the Collier County School District, we love recognizing winners, especially our state champions on any field of endeavor. Student-athletes who become champs always fall under the spotlight at our Collier County School Board meetings.
Class Notes: Elementary school students get unique chance to learn a lot about dolphins
Published 12/05/2013 at 11:23 a.m.
Who doesn't get excited about seeing a pod of bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the Gulf? As we visit our beaches, go for a cruise in a boat, or stroll along the Naples Pier, we look for dolphins, hoping to see ...
Class Notes: Community leaders loved having the chance to be Principal for a Day
Published 11/27/2013 at 2:50 p.m.
It was an excellent experience, extremely positive, most impressive, very valuable, incredibly worthwhile and revealing, and especially informative.
Class Notes: Golden Gate High honor society students helping their young elementary school neighbors
Published 11/21/2013 at 3:13 p.m.
The students at Mike Davis Elementary School and Golden Gate High School are neighbors, with their schools being right next door to each other.
Class Notes: VSA Florida recognizes accomplished, young singer at Calusa Park Elementary
Published 11/14/2013 at 12:21 p.m.
There's an organization known as VSA Florida which is recognized for its focus on arts and disability.
Class Notes: Congressman Diaz-Balart gives American government and life lessons to fifth graders
Published 11/07/2013 at 3:44 p.m.
I find it reassuring to know that the elementary school students of today are being well prepared to be the good citizens of tomorrow, learning all about how the government functions.
Class Notes: Rotary clubs, organizations getting books into the hands of those without
Published 10/31/2013 at 1:01 p.m.
Thanks to groups like First Book and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), students who might not otherwise have any books at home have some.
Maestra de Manatee Middle es una de los tres educadores hispanos reconocidos por el gobernador
Published 10/29/2013 at 2:28 p.m.
Al menos una maestra de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Collier tendrá recuerdos de la celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana para toda la vida.
Class Notes: Manatee Middle teacher one of three Hispanic educators recognized by Gov. Scott
Published 10/24/2013 at 1:41 p.m.
The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month ended on Oct. 15, but at least one Collier County Public Schools teacher will have memories of the special observance to last a lifetime.
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