Jutem McCollum

Jutem McCollum

Electives Teacher

My Bio

Hello my name is Jutem (pronounce je t’aime in French- yes it means I Love You- what a name to live up to!)  I have two biological children that attend San Tan Charter High School.  I’ve been dancing for over four decades all genres.  I was Miss Chandler in my youth, have acted on stage and have even performed off Broadway, I modeled for a time during my youth, and have won numerous awards and accolades in not only dance, drama, public speaking, and sales.    I have been teaching one thing or another for over thirty years. 

I grew up in Payson Arizona by the way of Southern California.  After graduating from Payson High, I went directly to Arizona State University.  During my years at ASU I began competing in ballroom dancing where I was scouted for a professional dance partnership that took me all over the world, after I graduated with several degrees.  Retiring to have children after I was in the top 12 in the world.  I continued to teach (I do have my own studio) and run my healthy cooking company (35 years in - and loving it). 

I’ve never worked for someone, I’ve been a competitor, performer, entrepreneur and have owned my own businesses.  I have instructed many in the arts of acting, dancing, performing, public speaking, sales etc but only in professional scenarios.  At the prompting of my children I subbed two years ago and last year did part-time.  Now that I’ve built some relationships with the students I have seen what a positive impact has meant to so many I have decided to come on full time.  When asked to take over the department I jumped in, if I’ve spent all this time pouring all of this information into myself and cannot share it with the next generation, I believe – what would be the point?  One student at a time…. 

When I’m not teaching at San Tan, I’m either teaching people how to retain on average 93% of the nutrients in their food by doing healthy cooking shows for them, or teaching dance in my studio, or just hanging with my family.  I love social dancing, games, crafts, hiking, yoga and travelling.  My tastes are eclectic and I love to learn about other cultures by submersing myself within that culture.  

Birthday: July 3rd, almost a firecracker

These are a few of my favorite things.....

Color(s): To wear black, to look at Purple, light blue, dark green

Flower(s): Roses

Healthy Snack(s): Yes! Veggies and fruit -most all types

“Junk Food” Treat(s): I usually don’t but a great cheese cake I can’t say no to

Drink(s): Water, Green Tea

Scent(s)/Essential Oil(s): Jasmine

Game(s): Card games with family, Pictionary, interactive games

Sit-Down Restaurant(s): Thai food/ Sushi

Fast Food Restaurant(s): No thank you

Place(s) to Receive a Gift Card: Starbuck (love the green tea), Hobby Lobby

Most used school/office supply: paper towels, journals for the kids

What I would really like is: I would really like to make as big of an impact on some of my students that my hero teachers made on me. I’d like to be that positive voice that cheers them on, what they hear in the future that pushes them outside their comfort zones to accomplish amazing things.

Heroes: My mother, my father, my high school drama teacher

Hobbies: Dance, crafts, travelling, theater, spending time with family and friends.