Heather Watkins was named Teacher of the Year at Brunswick High School. She has taught Honors/Gifted Chemistry and Astronomy, as well as A.P. Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Systems, Biology, Physics and Physical Science for over 24 years. Here are some awesome things you should know.
Who is your role model? As a child, my inspiration was Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to train to be an astronaut and get ready to study Halley's Comet. I remember how happy she was teaching her students and giving back to her family and her community. I watched her walk out on the tarmac to take all seven astronauts on that fateful Challenger mission which exploded on January 28, 1986. I remember seeing one of her quotes in a magazine, and it has stayed with me and challenged me everyday being a teacher, the most wonderful job in this world.
"I touch the future. I teach." – Christa McAuliffe
What is your greatest teaching memory? I love seeing the light bulb come on for my students. I love watching them play sports, or sing in musicals, or play their instruments in a concert. I love watching them participate in the Homecoming Parade and get all dolled up for dances. Teaching students science and seeing them go into science fields...that is just amazing!!
What is your favorite quote or personal motto? "Dress better than you feel, and eventually you'll feel better" and "Beauty fades, but what is in the heart stays."
Any hidden talents or hobbies? I sing in church and do Karaoke. I can usually pick a dance move or line dance very quickly, after dancing for nine years between Jill Stanford, the BHS Production Company, and the GaSou Varsity Dance Team. I taught Archery and Volleyball at a camp during college. I can draw just about anything I see, and I am very good at creating letters for posters or writing in cursive.