Principal's Message

  • Principal x


    Dear Watkins Family and Friends:

    Welcome Back to our New Norm of E-Learning! Whether you are a returning Scholar or new to Watkins Elementary School, it is my pleasure to welcome you for the 2020-2021 school year. Our school theme this year is, Watkins...Where the Magic Never Stops and the Adventure Begins!

    Our school grade remains a "B", and we are very proud of this accomplisment! Now, we are "On Our Way to an "A"! Our students and teachers are already working diligently to achieve this goal. I couldn't be more proud of everyone.

    As we begin this new school year, we know that we are faced with many different challenges during the Covid pandemic. I want to give a huge "thank you" to all of you for your support, compassion, and most of all, patience as we navigate through these very different times. I will continue to update you via Parent Link, Class Dojo and CANVAS with all pertinent information and updates. Additionally, you can always email me directly and I will get back to you ASAP. My email is

    I am honored to continue serving as the Principal of Watkins Elementary School. Many of you know I have worked in the community for over 20 years and I am privileged to be a part of a team where parents, teachers and students strive for excellence. I am thrilled to introduce Mr. Ricardo Ricketts as our new Assistant Principal. He joined our family in April, and is excited to be with us and cannot wait to meet everyone in person. He can always be reached at

    Now more than ever, the partnership between home and school is a crucial one. We hope to build partnerships with our families in order to guide our students to success. I encourage you to keep the lines of communication open.

    Once again, welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. Together, we will make it a magical year!


    Educationally Yours,

    Lori A. Mendez