Since 2001 Andrew Watson has been Head of School at the Albuquerque Academy, a day school of over 1100 students in grades 6 through 12. He was previously head of the Upper School at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia; math department chair and academic dean at Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and a math teacher at Weisenborn Junior High School in Dayton, Ohio. Along the way, Mr. Watson served as a dorm head and has coached basketball, tennis, track and cross-country.
Under Mr. Watson’s leadership, Albuquerque Academy initiated evening courses bringing together teachers, alumni, parents, and community members, undertook a global languages initiative that includes corresponding sister school exchanges, and expanded the summer honors program for underserved students from local elementary schools. Mr. Watson has also served as faculty member in the NAIS Institute for New Heads; on the advisory boards of the Harvard Principals Center and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation; as a board member for NAIS, the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, and the Global Online Academy; and on the boards of several state and regional community service organizations. He contributed a chapter to The Head’s Handbook: A Guide for Aspiring, New, and Experienced Heads of School.
Mr. Watson has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree from Yale, and a teacher’s certification from Wright State University, all in mathematics.