- Lake Village, AR School Principal Honored by Delta State University
02.21.2012 - We are thrilled to share the news of Principal Tim Watkins' recent honor from the College of Education at Delta State University - he was recently bestowed the title of Outstanding Alumnus during homecoming festivities.
Even better, Dr. Watkins was presented with a plaque and a gift during the annual alumni luncheon at Delta State by one of his former professors, Dr. Joe Garrison. Dr. Watkins has known Dr. Garrison since August of 1979. Said Dr. Watkins, "He was my advisor in the education program at Delta State University when I enrolled as a freshman." And later, Dr. Garrison served as the chair for Dr. Watkins' dissertation committee.
Dr. Watkins has continued to stay connected to Delta State University since his days as a freshman in 1979. He received his undergraduate degree from DSU and then in 2008, his graduate degree, which included his Doctorate of Education. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the College of Education, teaching graduate students in the master, specialist and doctorate programs.
When asked how he felt about receiving the Outstanding Alumnus award, Dr. Watkins said he was delighted. "I could hardly believe it when I received the notice in the mail. It was an unexpected surprise and it made me feel blessed and thankful."
Dr. Watkins and his school, Lakeside Lower Elementary have been partners with JP for years, and he feels JP's professional development played a large part in his success as an educator and award recipient. "Professional development has allowed me to grow as an educator in both acquiring knowledge and applying knowledge in a school setting." Furthermore, he credits much of the professional development he received from JP as having a positive impact on the achievement level of students in his school and the instructional expertise of his teachers. He has been the principal of Lakeside Lower Elementary for eighteen years.
Lakeside Lower Elementary has been working with JP's Veronica Stevens for several years. Veronica says the Lakeside staff are always welcoming and supportive. "The people are very friendly and willing to do whatever it takes to make children successful." She feels Dr. Watkins is the epitome of an inspirational administrator, and she appreciates the fact he knows his staff and students so well. "Many times," says Veronica, "Dr. Watkins knows the students who are having difficulty and is already working with the Reading Coach and classroom teacher to plan an intervention to help the student be successful before I get there for my regular visit."
This article was taken from the February 21st issue of our RSN Newsletter. You can view the issue by clicking here.