Dr. Kellee D. Watkins is an assistant professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and serves as coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program for the Elementary Education. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Livingstone College, M.Ed. in Reading, Language, and Literacy K-12 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After working as an elementary school teacher and while working as an academic coach, she received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a dissertation on implementing reading standards and new reading programs in a Title I school.
Kellee teaches the reading education courses for both the undergraduate elementary and MAT programs.
Her research interests include English Language Arts and Reading Education, Curriculum Standards, Teacher Professional Development and Coaching, and Equity Education. She is passionate about working with teachers, in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings, and with parents and families to best meet the needs of diverse students. Prior to working at NC A&T, she worked as an elementary school teacher, master practitioner at Livingstone College, and as a curriculum coordinator and academic coach in transformation schools. Dr. Watkins has certifications in Elementary Education K-6, Reading Specialist K-12, School Leadership, and National Boards for Professional Teaching: Middle Childhood Generalist.
During her spare time, she enjoys working with community programs and youth sports. Her husband is a principal in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. Her children Jaeden (14), Emmanuel (11), Sanaa (9) are students in Guilford County Schools and they participate in various sports, music, and community activities.