Los Angeles, CA—As the community braces for the Los Angeles Unified School Board election, Dr. Didi Watts has emerged as a distinguished candidate. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership for Social Justice, Dr. Watts brings a wealth of expertise to the forefront.
An accomplished educator, Dr. Watts has seamlessly transitioned through various roles, from public school teacher to school psychologist and middle school principal. Her unwavering commitment to advocating for the needs of Black and Latino students is evident throughout her career. Specializing in supporting special education students, she ascended to the role of Assistant Director of Special Education and later focused on academic improvement and enhancing school culture as a middle school principal.
Dr. Watts has collaborated with educational agencies to ensure supportive special education placements for students in residential and specialized settings. Currently serving as the chief of staff to a LAUSD school board member, she continues to champion the cause for the well-being of all children.
Beyond her professional achievements, Dr. Watts cherishes family time with her husband of twenty-nine years and creating precious memories with their three adult children and granddaughter. During a recent campaign event at White Hall Arts Academy, she shared her vision for the LAUSD role, emphasizing advocacy for underserved students and increased parental engagement.
“Parents are the first teachers for their children. Our parents should be integrally involved in making sure our schools are welcoming and holding the school district accountable,” Dr. Watts shared.
Dr. Watts shared her vision for her 2-year-old granddaughter, saying, “I want her to walk into her neighborhood school and receive a great education, unlike the experiences of me and her mother.” Dr. Watts believes that her unique perspective, molded by diverse experiences, will bring fresh insights to the LAUSD board.