The Utica Shale Academy will have a new leader this fall after Bill Watson was named director of the community school.
Watson, a resident of Wellsville, will helm the program at Southern Local High School and replace Rich Watson, who has become principal of Southern Local Elementary.
Watson has connections with education and industry and plans to bridge the two to help academy students find a place in the work force.
He received his diploma from Wellsville High School in 2001 as well as degrees from Bismarck State University of North Dakota in 2007 and Grand Canyon University in Arizona in 2012. Watson also has a connection with Southern Local, since he worked there as a special education teacher from 2012-14. Watson then moved on to become a nuclear specialist at the Beaver Valley Power Station operated by FirstEnergy Corp. in Shippingport, Pa., where his job entailed creating lessons to instruct nuclear instrumentation and control technicians.
Watson hopes to use his expertise in education and industry to prepare students for a future in energy and other fields.Click right here to read more.