Emily C. Watkins Elementary School

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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 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, 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