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Winter Break- 12/19-01/02
Mr. Fredric W. Watson
Fredric Watson was born in Kansas City, Missouri on October 20, 1940. When he was six years old, his family relocated to Henderson, Nevada. He arrived just in time for him to start first grade at the old Carver Park Elementary School. Mr. Watson graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 1958. In 1964 he earned a bachelor of science from Nevada Southern University and in 1968 a Master of Education Degree at the same school, by that time renamed the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He began his teaching career at Ruby Thomas Elementary School. In 1969 he was named the Clark County Elementary Teacher of the year. From 1978 to 2000 he was the principal at five elementary schools including Howard Wasden, Helen Smith, Dorothy Eisenberg, Marc Kahre, and William Lummis. During this time he was president of the Elementary Principals Association. From 1990 to 1994 he was responsible for opening three new schools. At the Dorothy Eisenberg school in 1990 and at Marc Kahre Elementary in 1991, he designed a collaboration plan for adjacent schools which utilized a cost saving, differentiated staffing model for sharing staff and other resources. The Clark County Librarians Association recognized him with a special award in 1911 and 1992 he was inducted into the CCSD's excellence in Education Hall of Fame. In the Spring of 1992 he was named principal of the William R. Lummis School in the Summerlin Community where he had the opportunity to help design a state of the art elementary school. In the ensuing years the school and its faculty received national recognition and became a demonstration center for educators interested in its approach to applied learning and its innovative applications of technology for teaching. During his years at Lummis he was an active member of the Summerlin Children's Forum, an initiative of the Howard Hughes Corporation that supports children's causes in the Summerlin Community. In all of his school assignments Mr. Watson had the good fortune to be supported by wonderful teachers and parents. His school PTA's and PTO's won countless awards and were a source of great pride to him.
Mr. Watson retired from the School District at the conclusion of the 2000 school years, taking with him many fond memories of colleagues, students and parents, gathered over a rewarding 36 years career. He is currently the Education Programs Coordinator of the Southern Nevada Water Authority where he continues to pursue a host of interests in teaching, learning, and the conservation of Southern Nevada's natural resources.