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Our Mission Statement:

The mission of Emily C. Watkins Elementary School is to prepare every child with traditional values while gaining 21st-century knowledge and skills to be successful.
  • 1:1 Student to computer ratio
  • $58 Million in Capital Bond Improvements
  • Universal Pre-K
  • Established St. John the Baptist Education Foundation to Support Teachers and Students

About Us

School colors: Purple, Green, & Gold
School mascot: Lions    

Emily C. Watkins Elementary School educates nearly 500 students in kindergarten through 8th grades. The school opened its doors on August 6, 2009, and is named for Emily Charles Watkins (1913-2003), a 50-year educator in St. John the Baptist Parish. She was the principal of Woodland Elementary School in LaPlace. Mrs. Watkins was known by the nickname "Queen Bee" because of her strong belief in family and a quality equitable education for all students. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in New Orleans, Southern University in Baton Rouge, and Xavier University in New Orleans.
Buddy Breakfast

Buddy Breakfast 11-3-22

Buddy Breakfast

Buddy Breakfast 11-3-22

Hispanic Heritage Poster Contest Winner

Hispanic Heritage Poster Contest Winner

Hispanic Heritage Poster Contest Winner

Hispanic Heritage Poster Contest Winner


Recent News


January Students of the Month

PreK-Laila Lewis, Kindergarten Kmyris Harris, 1st Grade Matthew Debarbieris, 2nd Grade Gianna Gomez, 3rd Grade Kamille Hayes, 4th Grade AnnaMaria Jacinthe, 5th Grade Jonny Kinney, 6th Grade Frank Estrada, 7th Grade Hailee Sanders, 8th Grade Tremeia Creecy

Upcoming Events

Principal’s Message

Hello ECW Family and Friends,
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. As you may have heard, Ms. Eldridge will be retiring in August. We are thankful for the time she invested in our school, students, and community and would like to wish her the best as she embarks on this new phase in her life. I am Dr. Tania Porter Coleman, the new principal of Emily C. Watkins Elementary School. I am excited to be back in the St. John the Baptist Parish School System and even more excited for the honor and privilege to be the new principal of Emily C. Watkins Elementary School.
I understand that as a community we are still on shaky ground as some are still displaced and eager to return to a sense of normalcy. While others are getting reacclimated to their repaired dwelling places, at ECW we’re all in this transition journey together. I’m grateful for our temporary school building to begin the 2022–2023 school year, yet I am energized for the renovations that are being made to our permanent building.  My vision for ECW is to focus on children first by not only addressing academic needs but also social and emotional needs. In education, our primary focus is on educating students to be well-rounded decision-makers for the future. Everything we do should be guided by our mission and vision to positively impact our children’s lives. Everyone in the ECW community plays a role in this, from children to adults. We will all play our part and work together to increase academic achievement and build a harmonious school culture, and a safe place for each child to develop into the best version of themselves.  I’m excited to lead ECW through this time of rebuilding, recovery, and the beginning of our journey to excellence.
         Dr. Tania P. Coleman
Journey to Excellence