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Dr. Watkins was born and raised in southern New Jersey where she received her Bachelor's degree in psychology at Stockton College. After moving to Florida in 1990, she earned a Master's degree in Elementary Education and spent twelve years teaching grades 1st through 5th in Broward, Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties. During this time, she pursued her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction and received this degree from Florida International University, Miami, in April 2002. From 2004-2007 she worked part-time at St. Petersburg College as a supervisor for pre-service teachers. She began teaching full-time in the College of Education in the Fall 2007.
When she is not enjoying family time with her husband and daughter, Dr. Watkins enjoys reading, fishing, diving, dance, arts and crafts and exercising.
Her office is located in the TE building 109B. Phone: (727) 341-4719.