Magen Watkins is a native of Athens, GA, she has extensive experience in fine arts, dance, musical instruments, and drama. In 2005 she graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Child and Family Development, At the University of Georgia, she took dance classes with the department of dance as well as performed with the Pamoja Dance Company. She received a master's degree in Early Childhood Education, a specialist degree in Teaching and Learning, and her doctorate degree in Teacher Leadership. Dr. Watkins is beginning her 15th year as an elementary school teacher. Dr. Watkins values educational experiences and has a special appreciation for the arts. She began dance training at the age of 5, began playing the piano at the age of 7, the viola at 10, and the clarinet at the age of 11, and she has performed in theatrical productions.
Education and fine arts are important in the development of child self-esteem, motivation, cultural awareness, creativity, social and emotional development, as well as an awareness of diversity. Dr. Watkins frequently includes music and movement in classroom lessons because incorporating fine arts molds the whole child, using a positive and fun approach. Dr. Watkins implements essential academic learning concepts successfully and has developed teaching in cross-curricular units which has allowed her to develop a proactive classroom. She is the co-founder and coach of the Show Stoppers Step Team at Barnett Shoals Elementary and volunteers with Five Star Sports Academy of Athens as a tutor. Dr. Watkins was awarded teacher of the year at Barnett Shoals 2010-2011 and was nominated for teacher of the year in 2017.
Dr. Watkins is very much interested in bringing the essence of her instructional strategies, enjoyment of music, fine arts, and teaching the whole child to help HEART Music's goal of encouraging participation in the arts and providing accessible musical education to all communities in Athens-Clarke County.