Kollada enjoys his job

Math teacher is doing what he always wanted to do


When talking with algebra teacher Danny Kollada, it is obvious he has a love for teaching. Kollada’s sense of humor and kind heart is obvious to anyone who has him in class or as a coach (he coaches softball and boys soccer). During the interview he was quick to answer and here are some of them.


Q: What made you wanna be a teacher?

A: I had a math teacher that I admired, and I wanted to do what he did. I have always enjoyed the thought of teaching  I have never done anything but go to school. I made this decision when i was a senior in high school. Before that I wanted to be a voice animation radio/ podcast person.

Q: Where are you originally from?

A: Highland, Indiana – close to illinois

Q: What made you teach math?

A: I was an average student in school but math seemed to click to me.

Q: Do you have kids? If so, do they act like you in any way

A: Yes Karson (4) and Lucy (3). Karson is just like me. I call her a mini me.

Q: Since being a teacher requires you to interact with other teachers, have you made any close friendships?

A: Mr. (Robert) Lewis and I were from the same school and never acknowledge each other until we started teaching together.  

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?

A: I love tetris. I love video games, concerts and turntables.

Q: What seems to be the biggest struggle in the classroom

A: I want the student to like me so I have a hard time saying no. Sometimes when push comes to shove and I have to say no, people are so taken back by it.

Q: What made you become a softball coach

A: I played baseball and football in high school, and  it seemed to connect. I absolutely love it and I will not look back.

Q: Where did you go to college?.

A: I went to Purdue where I met my wife.

Q: What would you do if you were not a teacher.

A: If i was not a teacher, I would lean to becoming a pharmacist.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Sushi and red tuna. A food that would get me in trouble is pop tarts and milk. I could eat two weeks worth in one sitting.

Q: What do you like to do on vacation?

A: I love going to the beach. We had dunes as a kid and when I was younger that’s what i enjoyed the most.

Q: How would you change the world?

A: One thing I wish to change in the world would be I wish everybody got along with each other.