Who is Jim Watkins?

A Shepherdstown resident for 42 years, with a history of dedicated public service.

My family roots run deep in the Southern West Virginia coalfields. While his brothers headed to Ohio to work for Ford, dad joined the Army and made a career of it. As many military families can relate to, my siblings and I are a living chronicle of his various duty tours and assignments. I was born in England, attended middle school in Germany, and graduated high school during his final tour of duty at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Out of high school, I served in the U.S. Army for four years, with the 101st Airborne Division and the 3rd U.S. Infantry “Old Guard.” I attended then-Shepherd College on the G.I. Bill majoring in History. I worked in radio and television news for several years before serving ten years on the congressional staff of former West Virginia Congressman Harley O. Staggers, Jr.

With a Master’s Degree from West Virginia University in Integrated Marketing Communications, I started my teaching career at Jefferson High School, teaching Business/Marketing and TV/Video Production. I was honored by my colleagues one year in being selected JHS “Teacher of the Year.”

In addition to a professional teaching license, I have an advanced certification in technology integration. As a JCS Technology Resource Facilitator, I worked with teachers and students at several Jefferson County schools to effectively integrate technology in support of teaching and learning.

In my “spare time,” over the past 9 years, I have taught and developed online graduate-level technology integration courses for teachers and administrators for the West Virginia Department of Education WVLearns program.

I am married to Sandra Watkins, who retired with 43 years of service as a teacher at Shepherdstown Elementary School. Daughter Emily Kern and son Noah Watkins attended Jefferson County schools.

Here is visual proof that I was a student long before I was a teacher.