About Ms. Collins


Izola Ethel Fedford Collins was born in the family home in Galveston, Texas on October 26, 1929, educated in the Galveston school system. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Prairie View University and the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in Illinois. She organized and directed three school bands in Texas - Bay City, Hitchcock, and Galveston Catholic. Retiring from Galveston ISD as an award-winning Choir instructor, she then was elected city-wide to the GISD Board of Trustees and served nine years, the last as president. Ms. Collins has written articles published in “Southwestern Musician”[Texas Music Educators Association], “Fanfare” [School of Music of Northwestern University], the story of St. Mary’s Hospital [Galveston], poems in “The National Library of Poetry”, and is the author of Island of Color: Where Juneteenth Started, and two books of poetry, “Divine Light Never Goes Away” and "I Know That's Right". She was married to Roy Lester Collins, Jr., now deceased, and has three children - June, Roy III, and Cheryl, who have given them eight grandchildren.