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Derrick Watson  
Talala Administration
Title: Administrative Dean
Phone: 708-367-2560
Talala Elementary Homepage

Greetings and Welcome Talala Families,

First, let me introduce myself.  I am Derrick Watson and I am the new Administrative Dean at Talala Elementary.  Some of you may know me as a former teacher at Crete-Monee High School or most recently, Monee Education Center.  I am excited to join the Talala family and looking forward to the upcoming school year.

My wife and I are alums of the CM201-Family.  I attended Crete Elementary and my wife attended my new home, Talala Elementary.  So, I am very familiar with the Crete-Monee community and I still see a lot of old faces.  After I graduated from Crete-Monee High School, class of 1998, I then attended Saint Xavier where I graduated with my degree in Computer Studies. I bounced around from working in Pharmacy and pursuing a career as a Pharmacist to pursuing a Law degree, to attending Nursing School.  I wasn’t happy.  I then began subbing for the high school and that’s when I found my passion- working with kids.

So, I then went back to school again and I earned my B.A. & my M.S. in Special Education from Indiana University.  I began my career in Merrillville, working at Clifford Pierce Middle School; where I waited for the day for an opportunity would come and I could return home o Crete-Monee, which I did in 2008.  There, I also was afforded the opportunity to coach wrestling for 7 years and make relationships with a lot of new “family members.” In 2013, I graduated with my M.A. in Education Administration from Olivet University.

This summer, I enjoyed spending time with my beautiful wife Natalie, class of 2001, and my two amazing children, Natalia, 7 and Derrick Jr, 2.  I look forward to working with my new Talala families and I am willing to go to all levels to ensure success.  Please feel free to contact me anytime at (708)367-2560.


Derrick Watson, Administrative Dean


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