Hello and Welcome to the Monson Public Schools Department of Curriculum and Instruction!
My name is Katherine Barnes Watts and I am the Director of Curriculum for MPS. I am also honored to coordinate the Title I, English Language Learners, and Educator Mentoring and Induction programs for the district. This is my fourth year in administrative roles, first serving as the Assistant Principal of Granite Valley Middle School and now in my third full year as Director of Curriculum.
I began my career in education over twenty years ago, graduating with an Associate’s degree from Holyoke Community College in 1992, and then a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1994. I also was fortunate to study Spanish Language and Culture in Puebla, Mexico through the Wichita State University during the summer of 1993. When I returned to school, I decided to dive into Literacy instruction, earning a Master’s in Reading from American International College in 2000.
I taught Spanish at both the elementary and secondary levels in Springfield, MA from 1995-2000 and Hampshire Regional HS from 2000-2001, before becoming a seventh and eighth grade English teacher at Granite Valley Middle School in August of 2001. I have been privileged to teach alongside many excellent and talented educators throughout my career and am so proud of the work that we do each day.
I love the town of Monson—my siblings (Matt, Tim, Anne-Marie) and I were raised on Green Street and we all graduated from Monson Public Schools. My parents both were public school teachers—my dad working in Wilbraham, while spending several years working with Monson elementary teachers in a science partnership in the 90s. My mom worked as an elementary teacher and math coordinator at Quarry Hill for many years. I have also been able to see my daughters receive their educations from MPS: Emily 26, graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2012, Aenea is a freshman at MHS, and Lovella is a second grader at QH.
I am honored to serve as a district administrator in the Monson Public Schools. If you have any questions about our curriculum, the Title I program, ELL program, or anything else you are wondering about, please do not hesitate to call or email me. I would be happy to hear from you.
Monson Public Schools Curriculum and Instructional Practices
The curriculum of the Monson Public Schools is based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. In addition, many departments at the High School align to National and Advanced Placement (AP) standards. Our staff is dedicated to regularly reviewing and revising their curriculum to ensure that it is in alignment horizontally as well as vertically. Professional Development opportunities are provided to support teachers’ expertise in the implementation of the standards, as well as the instructional practices that promote a deep, engaging and enduring student understanding of the concepts taught. Formative and summative assessments provide checks for student comprehension/knowledge, allowing teachers to adjust their instruction to support student learning.