2017 Woman of Achievement Nominee
Bridget Watson has dedicated her life to giving back to others in and out of the classroom. She is
a member of the Oak Ridge R-6 teaching staff and has numerous certifications and more than 20
years of experience in the field of education. She currently serves the district as a middle school
math and excel teacher and math interventionist.
As an educator, Watson impacts the lives of her students and their families. She is often first to
arrive at school and last to leave, providing both academic and emotional support to many of her
students. By focusing on student success and empowerment, Watson encourages students to
extend their education and has helped many high school students navigate the college application
and selection process.
Despite the many hours spent in the classroom, Watson makes time to give back to her
community. She channels her love of animals through the “Pet Pals” program which involves
taking trained pets to visit the sick and elderly in hospitals and nursing homes.
Watson shares her passion for volunteering with her daughters and with her students, noting that
you can teach young people about the concepts of compassion and empathy but it is through
experiencing those concepts that they develop character. Watson’s students have participated in
numerous community donation drives and fundraisers. They also participate in putting flags out
in Memorial Park for national holidays. “I believe students learn so much about compassion,
empathy and respect when they have a chance to experience it,” she says. “It is a goal of mine to
have my students carry on this tradition of volunteering through their adult lives.”
Watson has been recognized by the Oak Ridge School district as Teacher of the Month on
multiple occasions. She has also received recognition from 4-H and the National Afterschool
Association for her service and leadership.