St. Andrew’s is pleased to announce that Alexis Watts has been named the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) Middle School Teacher of the Year. On Monday, November 15, GISA Vice President Stan Whitlock presented Watts with the award at the annual conference in Atlanta.
“Teaching is an endlessly rewarding experience, and while working with middle school students presents challenges, every day has its moments of laughter and, often, joy,” said Alexis Watts. “I am so fortunate to work in a school with supportive colleagues who push me to be the best educator I can be. To be recognized for doing the work that I love is an incredible honor.”
Alexis Watts is the Middle School Dean of Students and teaches 8th grade English at St. Andrew’s. She graduated with her B.A. in English and French and certification in secondary education from the University of Michigan and earned her M.A. in Liberal Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She has been a part of the St. Andrew’s faculty since 2014.
“The GISA Teacher of the Year Award is a tremendous honor with 164 other schools vying for this opportunity,” said Head of School Dr. Kelley Waldron. “We are extremely proud of Alexis for her work with our students each day. She is committed to creating a classroom that encourages students to develop into reflective, principled learners and young people.”
GISA is a non-profit association of private, independent, and parochial schools throughout the State of Georgia. With 165 schools under GISA, the GISA Teacher of the Year Award is given to a teacher that has demonstrated outstanding teaching and service in the upper school, middle school, or lower school.