Title: Science Department Chair, Biology Teacher (Retired)
Company: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Peggy Henry-Watkins, Retired Science Department Chair and Biology Teacher for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.
In preparation for her career, Ms. Henry-Watkins attended Bennett College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1968. Following this achievement, she began her career as a biology teacher for Western High School from 1968 to 1970. She continued her academic efforts at the North Carolina A&T State University with a Master of Science in biology education in 1972. Until 1989, Ms. Henry-Watkins served as a science teacher and department chair for Sedgefield Middle School and subsequently worked as the science department chair and a biology teacher at Providence High School until her retirement in 2007. In addition to her academic degrees, she has been certified by the University of Virginia’s Academy for the Gifted and Talented and holds a mentoring certification from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Ms. Henry-Watkins has found success through her creative works, serving as a textbook reviewer for AMSCO in 2006 and Glencoe Macmillan/McGraw-Hill in 1993. She was a contributing writer to science manuals and curriculum materials in 1982, as well as to the Modern Red School House Project at the Hudson Institute. Among her myriad career achievements, she has developed a hands-on, self-paced audio tutorial lab-oriented package for the Project Exceptional Children Science Education Program with the National Science Foundation in 1979. Ms. Henry-Watkins has been recognized for her excellence with numerous awards and accolades, including being named the North Carolina Academically Gifted Teacher of the Year in 1989, the North Carolina Outstanding Math and Science Teacher of the Year in 1983, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Teacher of the Year in 1980. As a member of the North Carolina Science Teacher’s Association and the North Carolina Academically Gifted Teacher Association, Ms. Henry-Watkins believes that parents don’t understand the importance of giving their children the gift of love. With multiple educators in her family, she is thankful that her parents were always supportive throughout her schooling.
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