#NISODProfiles – Karl K. Watson, Jr.
“Teaching students to be adaptable gives them the understanding that there is and will always be a future for them.”
#NISODProfiles | November 26, 2019
How long have you been an educator?
What is your favorite part about being a community or technical college educator?
I have been in the automotive field for over 50 years and have worked throughout many advancements in transportation technology. I enjoy being able to teach my students about breakthroughs in technology that led to change in the automotive industry. Teaching students to be adaptable gives them the understanding that there is and will always be a future for them. I also love that my job allows me to use verbal and hands-on instruction.
What is your best piece of advice for new or existing colleagues at community or technical colleges in your field?
Inspire students to do their best and continue learning no matter what obstacles they face.
How do you connect with your students?
I teach students the importance of asking questions. Asking questions is not a sign of weakness, but a sign you’re doing your best.
Share a memorable teaching experience and explain why it was so impactful.
I had an automotive student who was ready to drop out several years ago because he felt he couldn’t adapt to changing methods and technologies. After a few meetings, I realized that he had no mentor to help him outside of class or even discuss what was being taught. I told him that not to let his first challenge slow him down when there are so many other challenges out there that will help him grow. The student never gave up and is now a leading technician at his dealership, and thanks me for having faith in him.
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