|Watkins takes over as new science teacher|
|Written by Chris Lee|
After graduating from Mesa State College in Grand Junction in December, it didn’t take long for Jessica Watkins to tap into the job market.
Watkins began at HHS Monday, Jan. 24 and spent a week with Tracy Trumper who announced her resignation in January. Watkins’ first official day was Monday, Jan. 31.
The recent college graduate grew up in Delta where she graduated from high school in 2006. She enjoyed playing basketball and participating in high school rodeo, where she was a barrel racer.
She attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling for two years and earned her associate degree in biology/chemistry. She was also a member of the rodeo team at NJC. Originally her plan was to become a horse chiropractor but her professors at NJC opened her eyes to the world of teaching—something she had also always thought about pursuing.
She then spent a year at University of Northern Colorado where she began her bachelor’s degree in biology and teaching certification. She finished the degree at Mesa State College.
Other activities she was involved with throughout her college years include Navigators, rock climbing wall and teachers club. She also spent a lot of time working.
Moving back to northeastern Colorado was something she was looking forward to. She still has a lot of friends at NJC and is looking forward to being closer to them. Taking a job at a smaller school like Holyoke is something she also noted was important to her.
Her first week in Holyoke was a pleasant one, she said. She noted everyone she has met so far has been really nice and welcoming.
After arriving in Holyoke, Watkins said John and Lynn Schneider really helped her out until she was able to find a place to live. “They’ve just been the nicest people,” Watkins said.
“So far the kids are great,” she added. She also said Trumper made the transition a relatively easy one.
Watkins is also excited to take over the student leadership class previously taught by Trumper.
Her hobbies include scrapbooking, crocheting, reading, watching movies, running and playing basketball. She also would like to save up some money to travel outside the United States. One place in particular would be the rain forest in Ecuador. She describes herself as compassionate, energetic and optimistic.
The new teacher is also excited to grab a cup of coffee at the Buzzz Stop.
“I think this is the best career choice I could have ever made,” she added.