Ms. Lisa Watkins



Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts: Anthropology Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Social Studies Certification: Social Science 9-12

Ms. Lisa Watkins


My name is Lisa Watkins, and I am a building sub here at Gateway STEM. 

I received a BA in Anthropology from Southeast Missouri State University, and I attended archaeology field school at Murray State University in Kentucky. I went on to work for Murray State for one year after college as an archaeologist and docent at Wickliffe Mounds Research Center -- a job I enjoyed immensely. 

I attended graduate school at Webster University, where I graduated with academic honors in the MAT Secondary Social Studies program. During my time at Webster, I was fortunate to be able to do research projects at Jamestown, Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. This included studying 18th century colonial architecture, trades, and material culture at the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Research Library. While I was in Colonial Williamsburg, I also had the opportunity to do some living history performances for the visitors there. It was an awesome experience, and it really expanded my horizons as an educator.

My student teaching assignment was at Metro Academic and Classical High School, where I taught U.S. and World History. During my time at Metro I decided that SLPS was the district for me, and began the job search that eventually led me to Gateway STEM! I am so grateful to be here and to have the opportunity to work with these wonderful educators and students.

I spend my free time roller skating, walking, watching old movies and reading. When the weather is nice, I love to go on REALLY long walks. I have completed three 500 Mile One-Woman Walk-a-thons for my favorite charity: Sherwood Forest Camp. In 2015, I was awarded the Presidential Service Award for my one-woman walk-a-thon efforts. I also like spending as much time as possible with my niece, Dylan and my sweet kitty cat, "Tim Purry."