Don Collins

Daniel Collins has always been an extremely hard worker, although it took him time to find his true calling and passion in life. At age 27, he was a Public Relations officer for the Air Force during the Gulf War. He then ran a halfway house in San Diego, but funding eventually dried up. Finally, Don found his true calling: teaching. He is now dedicated to coaching students about drug abuse. Don helps students overcome failures and bad habits. His biggest motivation to prevent drug abuse is his experience with a dear friend who struggled with drugs during his teens. Unfortunately, his friend relapsed and died from an overdose. Don works relentlessly to help prevent future tragedies such as this.

Torrey Pines High School

Nominated by Sanjiv Prabhakaran