Courtesy Alpine Avalanche
The Alpine Independent School District board last week named its own director of special education as the lone finalist to replace Steve White, who has retired, as superintendent.
Texas Education Agency rules say a lone finalist must be named 21 days before she or he can be officially named to the position.
Watley is in her 18th year in education, having taught for eight years in middle school science, high school biology, agricultural science, journalism/yearbook and special education in Sierra Blanca, Midland, Culberson County/Allamoore and Alpine school districts.
She has spent 10 years with the 588 Educational Cooperative based at Alpine ISD, serving three years as an educational diagnostician and seven years as director of special education.
Watley graduated from Van Horn High School in 1990, received a bachelorâ€™s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University in 1996 and a masterâ€™s degree as an educational diagnostician from Sul Ross State University in 2006.
She received her principal certification in 2008 and superintendent certification in 2012 from Sul Ross.
She is married to Stewart Watley and they have two children, Garrett, a junior at Alpine High School and April, a seventh-grader at Alpine Middle School.
She is the daughter of Cecilia and Jack McCutcheon.