About Angela

About Angela

ANGELA WATSON (formerly Powell) has earned international recognition for her unique  contributions to the field of education.  She was first known for Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers, a website she created in 2003 to share behavior management strategies, teaching techniques, organizational tips, and Christian devotions. The site was later expanded and renamed TheCornerstoneForTeachers.com.

Angela’s ideas have been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newsletters, and internet resources, and are utilized in teacher preparation and support programs throughout the nation.  Having earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist, she currently works as an Educational Consultant based in New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Professional Development Services

As founder and owner of Due Season Press and Educational Services, Angela conducts a wide range of professional development work and speaks frequently at education topics. Her workshops typically blend inspirational/motivational principles and practical tips for improving classroom practices. She specializes in The Cornerstone Pro-Active Behavior Management seminars (which are also available as webinars for on-demand viewing.) Her in-school presentations often include individual/grade-level consultations and classroom organizational makeovers. Please visit the Consultations page for more information.

Consulting Services

To support classroom teachers and other educators who are interested in pursuing “edupreneurship,” Angela offers one-on-one consulting services on a very limited basis. Phone or Skype consultations can be arranged on topics such as educational consulting, conducting staff development, instructional coaching, publishing educational books, social networking, building a website, blogging best practices, monetizing your blog, creating and selling teacher resources, and more. Additional information is available on the Edupreneurs section of this site.

Instructional Coaching Services

Angela also provides ongoing instructional coaching services to teachers in New York City, working as an Instructional Technology Coach grades PreK-12 through AUSSIE/Digital School Solutions. Angela has served as both a Math Coach and Literacy Coach with teachers in grades PreK-8.

Through job-embedded professional development, she is available to model demonstration lessons, support teachers in lesson and unit planning, provide informal observations and feedback, and help teachers transform their rooms into functional spaces that support both classroom management and student learning. She frequently assists teachers in creating and utilizing centers, incorporating cooperative learning strategies, integrating technology and web 2.0 tools, and developing and implementing the use of hands-on materials.

Publishing

Angela is the owner and founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, an independent publisher that provides professional development services correlated with educational and inspirational books.

Books

Angela published her first book The Cornerstone: Classroom Management That Makes Teaching More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable in July ’08. She re-released the title with her own publishing company in May ’09. Angela published her second book Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching in July ’11, and her third book, The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators, in July ’12.

Content Creation and Editorial Work

Angela is the Educational Content Creator for BrainPOP, an award-winning and internationally recognized company that creates animated, curriculum-based content. In this capacity, she outlines movie script topics and edits the BrainPOP Jr scripts, quizzes, and features to ensure they’re developmentally appropriate and aligned with state standards. Additionally, Angela oversees K-12 lesson plan creation and curriculum resources for BrainPOP Educators and writes for the BrainPOP Educators blog.

Website Creation

TheCornerstoneForTeachers.com was launched in July 2008, but began in 2003 as Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers. Site stats include:

* Hundreds of pages of free resources
* More than a dozen best-of-web awards
* 180,765 incoming links from other education websites
* 4.2 million pageviews in 2013

Featured In

‘Better Teaching’ Newsletters School systems and universities across the country have featured these articles from Angela’s site on brain breaks, grading, family outreach, and more.

Teacher Feature: Token Economies Interview on the innovative ‘World’s Easiest  Token Economy’, a system later referenced on the NEA‘s website.

Teachers.Net Gazette ‘Teacher Feature” Classroom Photos.  Includes a photographic class tour.

Curriculum Contributions

Angela has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and actively seeks opportunities to create and review curricular materials in order to improve the quality of student instruction nationwide.

University of Oregon-OELP Angela’s cooperative learning and transition tip resources were utilized in the creation of an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course for teachers, as part of a collaboration with the University of Oregon. The university also utilized those ideas for a 14 module video and paper manual in a national service project for a US State Department, Office of English Language Programs (OELP) teacher training program.

PGCPS Head Start Curriculum Angela was selected to participate in a district-wide, collaborative effort to create a standardized curriculum and align it with developmentally appropriate objectives for the HeadStart program of Prince George’s County, Maryland.  This undertaking resulted in a uniform district curriculum complete with sample lesson plans and supporting resources impacting over 800 students each year.

Teaching Expertise, Training, and Certification

*  Florida teaching certification (300 hours) in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), 2009
*  National Board Certification, Early Childhood Generalist, 2006
*  M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College, 2002
*  B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Art from Hood College, 1999
*  11 years classroom teaching experience (grades HeadStart/Pre-K, 2, 3) primarily in Title 1 schools
*  Demonstration Teacher and Mentor for new and student teachers for 9 years
*  Extensive inclusion work with students who have ADHD, LD, ED/EI, ODD, autism, and Asperger’s
*  Expertise in differentiated instruction, reading/writing workshop, balanced literacy, and web 2.0 tools

Mission Statement

Angela’s primary mission is to inspire and rejuvenate educators, instilling confidence through practical suggestions for classroom management and instruction.  She aspires to make each reader’s teaching life more effective, efficient, and enjoyable. Her ultimate goal is to show the love of God and encourage others through her daily work.

Contact Information

Angela responds personally to every email. You can reach her at angelawatson [at] live [dot] com.

 

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Angela Watson was a classroom teacher for 11 years and has turned her passion for helping other teachers into a career as an educational consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has published 3 books, launched a blog and webinar series, designs curriculum resources, and conducts seminars in schools around the world. Check out the free teacher resource pages for photos, tips & tricks, activities, printables, and more.

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1 Dorothy Conway June 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Hi,
I came across your website two years ago when I began the National Board process. Your system of organizing information and materials were very beneficial to me as a first time candidate. Although the information that I’m observing today is new, I see that you have a broad area of knowledge and expertise. Thanks for the information you provided for teachers going through the National Board process.

Dorothy
Memphis, TN

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2 Cynthia Januszka January 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Hi Angela,
I came across your website when I was looking for pictures of upper grade classroom libraries. Your classroom in Fort Lauderdale looks very familiar. What school was it by the way? I taught at Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Fort Lauderdale and the rooms had exactly the same construction. Just wondering.

Keep up the good work!

Cynthia

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