My name is Lawrence Watson. I have been a high school math teacher for 12 years. I am originally from Winslow, and I have lived in Northern Arizona for my entire life. After high school, I attended NAU and studied Mathematics Education. I took my first teaching job in my hometown, at Winslow High School, where I taught courses ranging from Algebra II and Geometry to Intervention and Integrated Math programs. It was also in Winslow that I began working with the NAU Upward Bound program. This past summer was my 11th year serving as a Summer Instructor, and this fall is the beginning of my 12th school year as a site coordinator for Upward Bound. In 2013, my family moved from Winslow to Flagstaff, and I began teaching at Flagstaff High School where I have taught Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, and Intervention Math. In 2014, I completed my master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a K-12 principal certification while working at FHS. I have also served as the math department chair for 4 years, and I am a member of the FUSD Math Leadership Team. In my current position, I also spend three hours per day working in the front office as the site test coordinator. I have enjoyed my career as an educator in Northern Arizona immensely. My experiences working with diverse populations and often underserved students have shaped me personally and as a teacher. My wife, Annie, is an English teacher at Flagstaff High School, and we have two sons, Joey and Ben.
Northern Region Vice President