As a 152-year old school community who is committed to continuing to strengthen our relationship with the generations of graduates who call St. Agnes their childhood home, we have re-established a tradition to honor those who came before us. And as we officially kicked off Catholic Schools Week at the 9:00am mass this weekend, we used this blessed occasion in which to honor Dr. Eric Watts as the 2018 Alumni of the Year recipient.
As a 1993 graduate of our school community, Eric used the strong academic foundation he received within the walls of our charming schoolhouse to achieve success at Mount St. Joseph High School and then onto to earn his Bachelor Degree in Economics from St. Mary’s College. Eric continued his thirst for knowledge as he received a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and later when he went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park. Before joining the Department of Catholic Schools as the Director of Instruction and Student Achievement for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Dr. Watts served in a variety of teaching and learning centered leadership positions: the Director of Career and Technical Education at The Urban Assembly in New York City; a Senior Program Officer at the National Institute for Work and Learning in Washington DC; a Program Manager for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in Washington DC; a Social Studies Teacher, Department Chair, and Academic Dean at Randallstown High School and Eastern Technical High School. And though the well-accomplished Dr. Watts has held some rather prestigious positions within the field of education, in his heart, Eric is a teacher. His belief in the impact that Catholic school teachers can have on their students was certainly influenced by his years at St. Agnes. So much so that in late August of 2016, when the Archdiocese needed an interim principal, Dr. Watts nobly and selflessly responded to his calling to serve young people, serve his fellow educators and to provide leadership to his alma mater.
St. Thomas Aquinas once said that “Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.” It is with this point in mind that we come to understand our Christian calling to pursue truth and to find our own purpose in God’s world. And as seek this truth, we come to learn that we are called to bring the love of God to others through all we have learned and let it bring light to those for whom we meet upon life’s journey. As a proud graduate of our school and an accomplished educator, Dr. Watts gives credence to the message “Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”
We are honored to award Dr. Eric Watts '83 as the 2018 Alumni of the Year recipient. Congratulations!