Jason Watkins will be the new principal at Gardner Elementary School. He will replace Pam Tate, who will head the new elementary school next fall.
Watkins is currently the principal at Park Hill Elementary School in Derby, Kan. Watkins has also served as a principal in Guyman, Okla., and taught sixth and second grades.
Bill Gilhaus, USD 231 superintendent, said the district is excited to welcome the new principal.
“Mr. Watkins’ varied experience as a teacher, principal and professional mentor coupled with his expertise in diverse demographics makes him extremely qualified to serve the students of Gardner Elementary,” Gilhaus said in a press release.
Watkins earned his bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Mid-America Nazarene University. He also holds a master of arts in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University.