Allyson L. Watson, PhD has been named the 2018 Girls Inc. of Pinellas STEM Woman of the Year. She will be honored at a celebration luncheon on September 14, 2018 at The Club at Treasure Island.
Dr. Allyson L. Watson serves as dean for the College of Education at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP). Prior to her arrival at USFSP, Dr. Watson served as assistant dean and Northeastern State University’s first named endowed chair. Dr. Watson earned a master’s (M.Ed.) and doctoral (PhD) degree in educational administration, curriculum and supervision from the University of Oklahoma. Her baccalaureate degree is from Bethune-Cookman University in Elementary Education. Prior to her career at NSU, Dr. Watson served as assistant director at the University of Oklahoma-Center for Educational & Community Renewal.
In 2015, Dr. Watson coordinated a team of educators from across the U.S. to establish the first robotics lab for girls in north Haiti, empowering girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Through this innovative initiative, Haiti sent the first competitive girls team in the history of the nation to compete in the VEX World Championship Robotics Competition.
In the Summer of 2018, USFSP College of Education launched an inaugural STEM robotics camp for students in 5th through 8th grades to enrich academic and experiential learning within the St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay region. This fall, USFSP’s College of Education will celebrate the grand opening of a state-of-the-art innovative STEM lab for educators, educational leaders, and organizational partners to engage and experience creative and innovative discovery firsthand.
Dr. Watson is committed to her community and impact through service, and serves as a member of the Alpha Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She believes that her job as an educator is to empower others to believe in themselves and their capacity to reach their true potential.
Tickets and additional information about the event can be found at http://girlsinc-pinellas.org/stem-2018.
ABOUT GIRLS INCORPORATED OF PINELLAS
Girls Incorporated of Pinellas is a Florida 501(c)(3) with the mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. They achieve this through the Girls Inc. Experience which equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. The curriculum includes education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), literacy, creative arts, healthy living and life skills.
For more information about Girls Inc of Pinellas, please visit their website www.girlsinc-pinellas.org or call 727-544-6230.