20 Under 40: Juli Watson
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Education: Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education, MidAmerica Nazarene University Masters of Science in School Leadership, Baker University
Hometown: Norwalk, CT Spouse: Evan Watson IV Kids: Evan Watson V (16), Elijas Watson (13), O’rion Watson (3), Oliana Watson (1)
3 Words: Faithful Hard-working Supportive
Role Model: My mother is my role model because she went above and beyond to provide for me and my sisters. She taught me to work hard, never give up, and push through the obstacles to come out on top. I am who I am because of my mother.
Best Advice Received: “God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will show you a way out so you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Superpower: My superpower is working with children and not giving up on them. Every day I work with students who are going through challenges. Regardless of what happens, I help them to pull through and continue on their path to achieve. I never give up.
Accomplishment Most Proud Of:
Personal: I am most proud of my children. They are the most amazing people I have ever met. It blows my mind every day that I created them.
Career: I am most proud of the relationships I have created with the staff in my building. I have worked hard to support them and help them to accomplish their goals.
At this point in your life, what do you know for sure? I know I could not have made it where I am today without the grace of God.
“Ms. Watson has been a missionary to Africa, a teacher in deprived areas, and an enthusiastic instructor in both high school and university settings over her professional career. She is highly respected by her colleagues and never presents herself as anyone other than a lifelong learner.” - Dr. Beryl A. New, Highland Park High School
“Juli is one who fulfills her commitments no matter what it takes. Her expertise and knowledge in leadership coupled together with the genuine care and connection to the community makes an excellent fit. Her love and compassion for people goes beyond the walls of her school, church and home, and filters into the community after hours and whenever needed.” - Doria Watson, El Shaddai Ministries