AMERICUS, Ga. (May 2, 2012)—As dean of Georgia Southwestern State University’s School of Education, Lettie Watford, Ph.D., helps future teachers every day in their journey towards college graduation. Watford, herself, was recognized recently as a Distinguished Alumna from Tift College.
Formerly a private women’s liberal arts college in Forsyth, Ga., Tift College is now the School of Education at Mercer University.
The Tift College Distinguished Alumna Award is presented to an individual who has excelled both in personal and professional life. Trained in teaching mathematics, Watford has worked her way up in the profession, beginning in 1980 as a high school math teacher in Peach County. Watford was named dean of GSW’s School of Education in 2007.
“As you can tell from her background, Dr. Lettie Watford loves math,” said Katy Nichols, director of Clinical Experience in the GSW School of Ed and Tift College Scholar Alumna, as she introduced Watford. “She gets excited when new calculators come on the market. If every math teacher had the same enthusiasm and passion for math as Lettie Watford, many more minds would be opened to mathematics.”
Watford is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (serving as vice-president for Advocacy from 2007-2009), the Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (currently serving as treasurer), and the Georgia Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.
She has given numerous presentations in the subject of mathematics and has co-authored several published scholarly articles. Watford has also led workshops for mathematics teachers, has been awarded several prestigious grants, and is involved in a variety of professional activities. In 2003, she received the Georgia Southwestern Teacher of the Year Award.
Very well-respected in her community, Watford serves as a Sunday school teacher for Central Baptist Church in Americus, is an active member of the Kiwanis Club, enjoys making fruit baskets for the Magnolia Manor Retirement Community, and hosts faculty events at her home. She is also well-known for her home-made pimento cheese and caramel cakes that she brings to school and social events.
Watford earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Tift College, A Master of Education in secondary mathematics education from Georgia Southwestern College, and an education specialist degree and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia. Watford resides in Americus.
Caption--Lettie Watford (left), dean of GSW's School of Education, stands with Katy Nichols, GSW director of Clinical Experience. Watford was recently selected for the Tift College Distinguished Alumna Award.
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