GCEFCU did something special for principals across the area to thank them for all they do for students.

Dr. Watson (second from right) poses with a huge check and award alongside Ángeles López, Vice President Kyle Ford, and Marissa Álvarez (l-r) from Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union. 

This year for National Principals Month, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union (GCEFCU) honored four area leaders in its field of membership who make a difference in their school, district, and community. One of the recipients was Principal Crystal Watson at Nimitz High School.

Dr. Watson and each winner received $500 for their school.

There were 816 nominations for principals all over the greater Houston area. Watson received 28 nominations, the most out of any principal nominated this year. Representatives from GCEFCU surprised Watson on Friday, November 8, with a check and award.

Watson took the helm of Nimitz High School five years ago. At the time, Nimitz was a D-rated school and deemed academically unacceptable under the state’s accountability system. Under her leadership, “Doc” as she is affectionately known, transformed her campus into a B-rated school. Watson is the first to tell everyone that her work is not done. She and her staff are continually working to improve outcomes and experiences for students.

Under her leadership, Dr. Watson has made significant and substantial changes to the culture, climate, and overall dynamics of Nimitz High School. For students, she implemented senior balloon release ceremonies. The ballons contain individual vision and mission statements for each student. She also created monthly and quarterly recognition awards, and many more celebrations to celebrate achievements and increase school pride.

Her changes have also helped Watson’s staff, for whom she created an extensive tactical master scheduling method. It allows all teachers with the same core content areas to be off in the same period each day with common professional learning communities. Through her many innovative changes, Watson has established a positive culture conducive for learning.

One of Watson’s teachers said it best.

“She is the sole reason that I am still teaching. I could have retired, but because of the kind of leader she is, I chose to stay. I cannot imagine a better boss that I can also call a friend.”