Watkins came to FCPS from Jefferson County Public Schools, where she most recently was the assistant principal of McFerran Preparatory Academy. When she took the reins at Harrison in July 2022, she brought 19 years of experience in education. She started her career as a substitute teacher before joining the faculty at Atkinson Academy for Excellence, where she taught for five years. After three years as the academic instructional coach at Layne Elementary, Watkins served for six years as an educational recovery leader with the Kentucky Department of Education. She holds an associate degree in paralegal studies, a bachelor’s degree in justice administration, a master’s degree in teaching, elementary teaching certification, education specialist’s degree in instructional leadership and school administration, supervisor of instruction certification, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and organizational development, all from the University of Louisville.