Georgia educator named to lead Kent School District

A former Seattle teacher who’s currently an assistant superintendent in Georgia’s largest school district is the new superintendent of the Kent School District.

Calvin Watts was named to the post Wednesday by the Kent School Board.

Watts is currently an assistant superintendent in Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Georgia, near Atlanta. His starting date for the 2015-16 school year is still in negotiations, according to a district news release.

“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Watts,” Kent School Board President Debbie Straus said in the release. “We were very fortunate to have an outstanding group apply for the position from around the country and our two finalists possessed many fine qualities. It was a very difficult decision, but we feel Dr. Watt’s background and vision are the best match for our district at this particular point in time.”

In Gwinnett County, Watts earned recognition for leadership, turnaround and strategic planning, school improvement, and civic engagement. The school system there received the 2010 and 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education.

Watts holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University, and received his teaching certification at Western Washington University. His master’s degree in educational administration and supervision is from University of West Georgia,and he earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University in Atlanta.