Dedicated to student success, Mr. Watins encourages high academic achievement and well-developed, upstanding personal character. He strives to offer an environment where everyone who wants to succeed can do so. Mr. Watins also provides professional development opportunities for La Paloma teachers, including technical training.
Mr. Watins has 15 years of experience with La Paloma Academy schools, serving as a vice principal, Title I coordinator, 1st grade teacher, and after-school director. He is an Arizona certified teacher with a reading specialist endorsement.
Raised in Arizona, Mr. Watins has lived in Tucson his entire adult life, aside from the three years he served as a U.S. Army infantry soldier. He spends his free time mountain biking, hunting, shooting, praying, golfing, snowboarding, and more.
Ms. Rodgers received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education, graduating cum laude, from Simpson College in 2001. She is a certified educator and reading specialist. She joined the La Paloma Academy team in 2009.
Ms. Rodgers is passionate about creating life-long learners through strong curriculum, character education, and community involvement.
Mrs. Alday received her Masters of Education in elementary education with distinction from Northern Arizona University in 2008. She joined the La Paloma Academy team in 2010, where she taught 4th grade for five years. In addition to teaching 4th grade, Mrs. Alday has also taught kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grade.
Mrs. Alday’s goals include creating a positive learning environment where all students feel safe to learn, and helping students become strong leaders in their own communities through character education.