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Peggy R. Henry-Watkins

Title: Science Chairperson
Company: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Peggy Henry-Watkins, Science Chairperson at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in instruction and educational writing.

Following earning a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1968 from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, Ms. Henry-Watkins continued her education with a Master of Science in biology education in 1972 from North Carolina A&T State University, also in Greensboro. She later attained a bachelor’s degree code A toward the academically gifted program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2004.

Ms. Henry-Watkins began her four-decade career in education as a biology teacher with Western High School from 1968 to 1970. She followed by providing superior education as a science teacher and department chair with Sedgefield Junior High School from 1970 to 1989. During this time, she also excelled as a science teacher with the Staff Development Center Time Release Program with Discovery Place and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1982. Ms. Henry-Watkins then excelled as science department chair and biology teacher with Providence High School from 1989 to 2007. 

As a textbook author and editor, Ms. Henry-Watkins has prospered as textbook reviewer with AMSCO in 2006 and for Glencoe Macmillan, McGraw-Hill in 1993; a contributing writer to science manuals, GT Curriculum, and CMS Science Curriculum, Lab Activities for CMS and Discovery Place in 1982; and a contributing writer to the Modern Red School House Project at Hudson Institute in Indianapolis. Among her chief achievements, she points to developing a hands-on, self-paced audio tutorial lab-oriented package for Project Exceptional Children Science Education Program (ECSEP) for the National Science Foundation, as well as when she was named North Carolina Academically Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Henry-Watkins has garnered numerous accolades during her educational career that include Tandy Technology Outstanding Teacher Award, a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to the Community from the City of Charlotte, North Carolina Academically Gifted Teacher of the Year, North Carolina Outstanding Science Teacher Certificate of Merit Award  and the North Carolina Textbook Commission Certificate of Service Award.

Ms. Henry-Watkins attributes her success to her parents, who made sure she had everything she needed for school. At every opportunity or event, her parents were there. She became involved in her profession because she had some family members that were educators, and also had great educators during her academic career. A number of them attended the same universities that she attended.

Ms. Henry-Watkins’s career highlights include being selected as Teacher of the Year for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and North Carolina Gifted Teacher of the Year. She also considered her accomplishments the pinnacle of the outstanding performance of her students. In addition to the above, it is also the most memorable moment of time that she will never forget, The Teacher of the Year award announcement, because she recalls going back to school the next day and receiving flowers, the television announcements were on, and the students were as excited as she was. 

In the next few years, Ms. Henry-Watkins’s goal right now is to make sure both of her granddaughters have achieved their masters degrees, and one is working on her PhD. In addition, she would like to make sure that they understand their family legacy and genealogy. 

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