Name: Bernard Watson
Position & Organization: Director of Media and Community Relations, Gwinnett County Public Schools
How long have you been a member of GSPRA? Since 2015
What do you enjoy most about school PR? I really enjoy and am humbled to be working with so many talented peers here at GCPS in general and in the communications department in particular. After more than two decades working as a print and TV journalist around the country, it is so refreshing to be able to work in an environment where my job (primarily) is to highlight the great work being done by GCPS students, teachers and support staff. It is uplifting and inspiring to see so many talented young people growing and maturing as well as working with the supremely talented teachers and leaders who have dedicated their lives to growing tomorrow's leaders. I am blessed to have found a second career that is so rewarding and challenging enough to keep me on my toes.
What project are you most proud of in your district/organization?
There are so many projects I am proud of here at GCPS, (most of which I had nothing to do with) that it is impossible to narrow it down to a list of 20, let alone one. Because of my TV background, I guess I will go with a series we do called "A Moment in GCPS History." It is an ongoing project that began nearly five years ago when I was first hired. Our superintendent, J. Alvin Wilbanks, asked me to interview people from the community who played an important part in the history of the school district. He wanted their memories and recollections recorded for future generations. Many of the people he wanted me to interview aren't getting any younger and he wanted to make sure what they experienced and what they did would not be forgotten. Here is the link http://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/home/gcpstv/videos/gcps/moments
What do you do to unwind after a long day at the office?
I am usually at the gym coaching my son's sixth grade basketball team after work, and then I go home and sit on the couch with my wife DeLesia and we watch one of "our shows," or me and my mini-me (my son) watch a Philadelphia 76ers basketball game.