LEAP desires to secure  a safe and nurturing environment essential to student achievement; develop a life-long enthusiasm for learning that will result from daily exposure to content rich materials and programs derived from search based teaching methods; develop united efforts between students, educators, families, school, and community that hold all stakeholders accountable; set high standards of academic achievement; utilize effective teaching strategies and hands-on learning opportunities to enhance students' spiritual , intellectual, physical, and emotional growth.


John Watson & Dr. Mary D. Watson



Dr.  Mary Watson

Mary D. Watson is a native of Hollywood, South Carolina (Charleston County.) She received her undergraduate degree from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, Master’s in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University, and Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Watson is a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr.Watson is a retired Assistant Principal from Dekalb County and currently serves as Principal and Teacher of Learning Expectations & Academic Performance Academy.  She is married to John Watson and has two sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren.


Dr. Watson has enjoyed over 25 years serving in various teaching and leadership positions. The positions held during this time includes: Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Assistant Principal, After School Program Director, Teacher, Supplemental Education Services Site Coordinator, and Teacher Support Specialist.


Her passion is to provide a positive learning environment where students feel safe, enjoy learning; can relate their learning to real-life experiences, and where parents and the community feel welcome.


Her objective is to serve a community where all stakeholders are involved in providing a learning environment most beneficial for all students.

"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me;and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."

Mark 9:37

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