SVHS teacher receives Outstanding Educator Award

Kirsten Watkins, who teaches AP English and English III at Smithson Valley High School, was recently selected as a University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award winner, based on a nomination written by one of her former students.


Paige Brann, a current student at the University of Chicago, wrote, “The pride you had for our development was unmatched by any teacher I had ever met. You have truly pushed me to examine my own thoughts, actions and purpose every single day. I thank you for your public service and for the blessing you are on all the classes that come after me.”


This year marks Watkins’ seventh year of teaching. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of the Incarnate Word, a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Utah State University and a master’s degree in arts administration from Goucher College.


Congratulations Ms. Watkins!