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Dr. Watson named Pearland ISD's Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Nyla Watson       Pearland Independent School District congratulates Dr. Nyla Watson on being named Chief Academic Officer.

       With a career of over three decades in education all dedicated to Pearland ISD, Dr. Watson began as a journalism teacher at Pearland High School for 17 years and served as an assistant principal and associate principal at the same school for three years total. She then served as a principal at the former Pearland Ninth Grade Center (now Turner College and Career High School) and at Pearland High School, for four combined years. Dr. Watson took over as the Executive Director of Instructional Programs for the district, and subsequently became the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Programs, a capacity in which she served for 14 years.

       “I have been in the district my entire career and have seen Pearland grow from a small place to the thriving community that it is,” Dr. Watson said. “I am an instructional leader with a strong track record of student success and equity. I look forward to new opportunities for the community of learners, teachers and administrators that is Pearland ISD.”

       Dr. Watson holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from University of Houston, a master’s degree in humanities from University of Houston – Clear Lake and a bachelor’s degree in business and journalism from Sam Houston State.

       Dr. Watson influences statewide decisions by serving on Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath’s Chief Academic Officer Committee. She believes that every child matters and looks forward to creating and expanding learning opportunities for all students.

       “My vision, for now, is to move forward after this pandemic; that means examining what we as a district need to help students transition into the next school year during learning loss. TEA is estimating large needs; our teachers and families have done an incredible job of managing during remote and face-to-face, but we know we will have gaps to address,” she said. “Also, I have a passion for helping students find a successful pathway forward whether that is college, career training, the military, or the workforce.”