Shirley D. Watson is a retired educator with 34 years of experience in South Carolina public schools. Shirley has worked in various roles and at different levels including: elementary school teacher, middle school guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal. Her career began as a teacher in Greenwood School District 50 in 1979. After five years of teaching, she moved to Sumter School District 17 where she served as middle school guidance counselor and assistant principal. And from 1992-2013, Shirley worked in Richland School District Two.
A professional highlight of her career was serving as principal of L.W. Conder Elementary School for 13 years and leading the school through a rigorous transition from a traditional elementary school to an Arts Integrated Magnet School. It was a challenging but rewarding experience for the school community. She is convinced the Arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for all children.
Watson received her Bachelor of Science from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, a Master of Education in Personnel Services from Clemson University, and a Doctor of Education Administration from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC.
Shirley has a passion for teaching and learning. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, volunteering in the community and spending time with family and friends.