Hi! I'm Stephen Watkins.
I'm on a journey towards a second career as a teacher after spending 20-some-odd years working in advertising. This dramatic change isn't a midlife crisis; it's Me finally finding myself.
Husband. Father. Teacher. Unrepentant Geek.
My name is Stephen Watkins. I'm currently working as a long-term substitute teacher (history/social science), teaching 10th grade World History and 11th grade US History.
This is the beginning of a second career for me. I've spent my last 20-some-odd years in advertising; doing everything from web development to managing integrated (broadcast, digital and print) campaigns for some of the most high-profile clients around.
History is something I've loved since I was a little kid. It was a passion that my father and I shared and bonded over, and it has stuck with me all these years. I’m also a total geek for politics, current events, and obscure facts of every kind. Because of this, for years my friends and family had encouraged me to give teaching a try. The idea certainly appealed to me; I knew I would love teaching. But the thought of changing careers midway through life was more than a little scary. It took seeing the impact that some great teachers had on my own two daughters for me to finally work up the courage to jump.
I hope that my passion for my subject and my constant drive to learn and understand more will make me a good role model and that I can inspire students to find and pursue their passion, develop their intellectual curiosity, and work to be the best that they can be. To be able to affect this kind of positive change and have a lifelong impact on young people is why I am so excited to take on the challenges and hard work required to become (and to be) a teacher.
What Else Makes Me, Me
What do I do in my spare time you ask? Well, there's always a lot of family stuff going on. Whenever I can, I get outside—surfing, swimming, hiking, and backpacking. I love reading and I never go anywhere without a book. I'm not at all ashamed to admit that I'm a total science fiction/fantasy geek. My happy place—it's somewhere with fog, forests, and waves.
And, despite everything you’ve read here—it’s still Mr. Watkins to you.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry