Lisa Collum is a CEO, author, educator, and mother of four with a remarkable history of working to improve students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom. Lisa owns and operates two educational companies, Top Score Writing, Inc. and Coastal Middle and High School.
Top Score Writing, Inc. is a company that specializes in writing curriculum for grades 2nd-12th and is the ONE and ONLY program specifically designed to prepare students for the state writing assessment.
EXPERT AUTHOR & EDUCATOR
WIFE & MOTHER OF 4
OWNER OF TOP SCORE WRITING, INC.
OWNER OF COASTAL MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL
CEO. Author. Educator. Mother of Four. #momprenuer
My story starts about 14 years ago when I graduated from college with the anticipation of entering the teaching profession. I always wanted to become a teacher ever since I held “classes” with my stuffed animals in my room every Saturday morning. My dream finally came true…as I secured my first job as a 4th grade writing teacher. This opportunity happened to be at one of the lowest performing Title I schools in Palm Beach County.
I was ecstatic, but right away I realized there was something missing…there was no specific writing curriculum available for me to use with my students. I remember frequently searching online for resources and also visiting the local teacher store, but always ending up with the same results…nothing. I knew I had to do something for my students so they would be able to pass the state writing test.
I started with a small one-inch binder of about 25 lessons. My days consisted of teaching virtual school all day and then going to Office Max at night to make copies of the lessons. My husband and kids would help me 3-hole punch the papers, make the binders, and then help carry the boxes to UPS to ship them out. I continued this family-led assembly line production for about a year and then a superintendent in another county found out about the program. She bought the curriculum for her entire district and I went there and trained over 300 teachers. After that, word started to spread quickly and more and more districts started to purchase the curriculum for their schools. I ended up leaving virtual school and running Top Score Writing full time. Nine years later, the Top Score Writing curriculum is being used in thousands of schools in five different states. My goal is to take the program nationwide and I know I will accomplish that.
In the midst of my Top Score Writing journey I found out about a small private school in my area designated for students that struggle in school, have dropped out or just needed something different. I knew I wanted to own this school to be able to provide students with an alternative educational setting. I purchased the school in 2015 and opened the doors in 2016. It is a very small private school with 10-15 students. We are not your normal traditional school. We offer lots of flexibility, frequent breaks, various curriculum choices and lots of small group and one-on-one teaching. I do not run this school as a means for income, but solely as a resource to help kids. I do not agree with the “one size fits all” approach to learning. Some kids are different and need an alternate way of learning…exactly what I provide at my school.
Most schools rely solely on reading and grammar programs to teach ELA skills, yet todays tests are heavily weighted on a students ability to write. The lack of writing specific curriculums results not only in lower writing scores, but lower ELA scores across the board.
Schools that implement Top Score Writing call us their "secret weapon" because it quickly and easily raise test scores on the ELA and across the board. After years of analyzing data, we can directly correlate the improvement in writing scores to higher overall school grades. It works and works fast!
Coastal Middle and High School has been serving students for over 37 years. It is a fully accredited private school in Lake Park, Florida. Hundreds of students have graduated from Coastal Middle and High School and went on to attend colleges all over the state. It is truly a one of a kind school where students feel comfortable, confident, and successful!
Coastal Middle and High School is one of a kind and a very unique place. This is specifically for the child who just needs something different. All kids cannot learn the same way and they shouldn’t have to. I will make sure they create a plan and schedule that works best for them and allows them to show their best. This is not about getting straight A’s. This is about putting forth your best effort, trying your best, and overall just being a good person. I want these students to learn life skills and become more than just a grade point average. No matter what your child may be going through or may have already gone through, this is a place where everyone is accepted, everyone is treated with respect, and everyone is provided the support and tools they need to be successful.
-MASTERS DEGREE, EDUCATION
Nova Southeastern University
-B.A. ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Florida Atlantic University
- TEACHING LICENSE & CERTIFICATIONS
FL Dept of Education
Top Score Writing, Inc.
Jan 2011 - Present
Coastal Middle & High School
Jan 2011 - Present
Florida Virtual School Full Time
Dec 2004 - Jun 2012
Palm Beach County School District
Dec 2004 - Jun 2012
Lisa Collum is amazing! Her expertise and content knowledge is so refreshing. The workshops she provides are engaging, productive, and filled with a plethora of useful information which has greatly impacted the way we teach writing. She empowers our teachers by giving them the confidence and necessary tools they need for successful implementation of her writing program. Her on-going support has also been a bonus!
Dr. Annmarie Dilbert
We loved having Lisa Collum come speak at our JupiterFIRST Church's Empowering Women of Faith event in October 2019. Our topic was "One Organized Woman" and Lisa is just that. She brought us into her everyday life with grace and humor, providing insight as a business owner and mother of four, as to how she keeps it all together. Her zest for family, life and work was infectious as she shared her wisdom and love of what she does with the group. We'll be sure to invite her back!
Working with Lisa was an excellent experience from beginning to end. Lisa took the time to really understand and connect with our brand and mission in order to deliver an incredible experience to our audience. She was prepared and proactive in ensuring that our event was a
success and she did so with a constant positive attitude which seamlessly contributed to our work together. Thank you Lisa!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Collum.
Lisa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story starts about 14 years ago when I graduated from college with the anticipation of entering the teaching profession. I always wanted to become a teacher ever since I held “classes” with my stuffed animals in my room every Saturday morning....
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Lisa Collum, a Jupiter mom of four, is the principal and owner of Coastal Middle and High School. Her previous work experience includes being a public school teacher.
She's now passionate about her mission to lead a very small private school for students who have had difficulties academically and socially, including kids who have been bullied.
Lisa Collum is a CEO, Author, Educator, and mother of four with a remarkable history of working to improve students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom. She owns and operates two educational companies, Top Score Writing Inc, and Coastal Middle and High School. Due to the trailblazing success of the Top Score Writing’s curriculum, Lisa is now sought out across the nation as an expert in writing and a dynamic professional development speaker.
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