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.
Mr. Kunkel grew up around educators and continues a long family tradition of being involved in education. After joining the military, Mr. Kunkel initially served in Combat Search and Rescue in Tucson, but was soon instructing USAF flight engineers.
After completing his military service, Mr. Kunkel continued to pursue a career in education and teaching, working for La Paloma Academy Charter Schools in 2010 as a substitute teacher. Upon graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Tucson, he began teaching full time.
Mr. Kunkel has taught 3rd and 5th grade as well as Jr. High math. In 2014, he started working in the Title I program and became a coordinator at La Paloma’s South Campus where he led a small team.
Always looking to expand opportunities for leadership, Mr. Kunkel hopes to use his role as Vice Principal at La Paloma South to help and inspire others to achieve educational success, whether they are teachers, students, or families.