Faculty & Staff Directory

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Kristen Watson

Lecturer
EDUCATION

Master of Educational Administration , University of North Texas, Dallas, TX, 2014

Secondary Mathematics 6-12 Teaching Certification, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, 2001

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. 1996

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Leadership

URBAN TEACHERS / JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY Lead Clinical Faculty, 2017 – present

Facilitate Johns Hopkins University School of Education curriculum to aspiring mathematics teachers. Support and encourage participants in the Urban Teachers program best practices, lesson development and student achievement.  Participate in professional development facilitated by Johns Hopkins University.  

GRAND PRAIRIE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, TX Assistant Principal, Early College High School Chancellor, Academic Facilitator, District Summer High School Principal, Grand Prairie High School, 2015 – present

Provide support to all teachers of English and Mathematics through Professional Learning Communities and TAP Cluster meetings.  Support engaging and TEKS driven daily lessons by conducting walkthroughs, providing feedback and hands-on assistance in classrooms.  Conduct coaching conversations weekly for teachers in need of instructional and classroom management assistance.  Lead RTI, ARD and 504 meetings with parents and staff.  Coordinate after school tutoring and credit recovery opportunities for students.  Collaborate with district personnel, counselors and colleagues on best practices with students who need financial, emotional and classroom support and assistance.  Coordinate testing with district common assessments, End of Course and College Board Advanced Placement testing and SAT.  Work closely and coach students who have low attendance and are at risk of not graduating with their cohort.  Assist, coach and facilitate goal setting for parents of atrisk students.  Assign discipline to students while counseling them through goal setting and praise.  Support teachers, students and parents by attending after school events.  

GRAND PRAIRIE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, TX Dean of Instruction, Fannin Middle School, 2015

Assist the school principal with all instructional decisions.  Provide support to all teachers of core subjects through Professional Learning Communities.  Support engaging and TEKS driven daily lessons by conducting walkthroughs and providing feedback and hands-on assistance in classrooms.  Conduct coaching conversations weekly for teachers in need of instructional and classroom management assistance.  Recommend highly qualified and effective teachers for hire to Human Resources.  Created master schedule for the 2015 – 2016 school year.  Lead RTI meetings with parents and staff.  Organized district testing and assisted with College Board 8th grade testing for SAT.

 District Mathematics Support

GRAND PRAIRIE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, TX High School Mathematics Strategist, Teaching & Learning Department, 2010 – 2015

Highly regarded for providing mathematical support to high school teachers through instructional guidance, mentoring, modeling and training.  Use, model and encourage the use of research-based, best practice strategies for teachers.   Provide professional development and trainings covering mathematics content and pedagogy to all classroom teachers in high school math classrooms in GPISD.  Support effective and innovative practices within mathematics to Title 1 classroom teachers.  Analyze student data with classroom teachers and assist in the development of an instructional plan to meet the needs of their students.  Analyze district and school common assessment data to intentionally support teachers in need of assistance.  Assist campus administrators and classroom teachers with implementing challenging relevant and a rigorous curriculum.  Wrote common assessments and Pre-AP curriculum for all the high schools in Algebra 1, Math Models and Algebra 2.  Collaborate with team members to align TEKS changes and to provide professional developments district-wide.  Collaborate with other content strategists to provide new teacher training.  Model the characteristics of a lead learner, monitoring one’s continual growth and development.  

Mathematics Teacher GRAND PRAIRIE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, TX Math Models & Algebra 1 Teacher, South Grand Prairie High School, 2007 – 2010

Facilitated and engaged students in learning mathematics through problem solving, reasoning and communicating mathematics using research-based strategies including high level questioning techniques.  Assessed students formatively every day, providing feedback and making the necessary adjustments for learning.   Differentiated instruction according to individual levels of students.  Collaborate with district instructional staff, peers and parents for the purpose of improving overall instruction.  Manage student behavior by capturing their hearts and applying Love and Logic strategies.  Lead and participated in district planning sessions.  Participate on the AVID site team and write Algebra 1 district common assessments.  

GRAND PRAIRIE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, TX TAKS Intervention Teacher, Lee Middle School, Spring 2007

Organized groups of students by grade level for weekly intervention.   Facilitated state curriculum to groups of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students with the goal that they would be able to pass the TAKS test.  Collaborated with administration in order to best meet the needs of struggling learners.

GRAND PRAIRIE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, TX Middle School Math Learning Coach, District, Fall 2006

Provided mathematical and pedagogy support to new and struggling mathematics teachers in the middle schools through classroom modeling and planning assistance.  

GRAND PRAIRIE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, TX 8th Grade Math, 6th- 8th Grade Pre-AP Algebra 1, Basic Math 8 and Content Mastery Center Teacher, Jackson Middle School, 1998 – 2003

Facilitated and engaged students in learning mathematics through problem solving, reasoning and communicating mathematics using research-based strategies including high level questioning techniques.  Formatively assessed students every day in order to give feedback for the purpose of editing and revising classwork.  Strategically grouped students for differentiation purposes.  Managed student behavior by applying Love and Logic strategies.  Leadership included mentoring first year teachers.