Get to know Luanne Watson
Principal of St. Jude's School

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I received my teaching degree from National Louis University in 1982.  I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher and always loved working with children.  My first teaching position was at St. Andrew School in Calumet City, Il.  I taught middle school math for almost 10 years.  I took a sabbatical from teaching to raise my beautiful baby daughter. Being a stay-at-home mom was probably the most difficult, but the most rewarding job I have ever done When she was 8 years old I returned to teaching at the school she was attending, St. Mary in Park Forest, Il.  I taught Junior High Social Studies there for the next 8 years.

Q. How did you get into your current line of work?

I always enjoyed the challenge of taking on leadership roles in the schools where I taught.  After some prompting from a good friend who was also a school administrator, I decided to pursue a Master's Degree in Education which also led to receiving an administrative certificate. This eventually led to my job as Principal at St. Jude School.

Q. What is your favorite part of your job? 

I love seeing students every day.  I have the freedom to move in and out of the classrooms and am getting to know each of them. They make me smile and I know that the work I do has meaning for their futures and the future of our world.

Q. What's the hardest part?

The hardest part of my job is trying to be in many places at the same time.  There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to get everything finished.

Q. What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. We love to travel and use the many holidays in the school schedule to visit other parts of the country.  We also have a travel trailer and enjoy camping.

Q. What is your favorite meal?

I have so many favorites; it's hard to list just one.  I love to get together with friends and family and enjoy good food.  I don't think it matters as much what you're eating as who you're sharing it with.

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