College Counseling

Gidget Watson

Though formally educated as an engineer and engaged in a myriad of things in my professional career, I have long had the passion to motivate, encourage, transform and empower young minds through the medium of education. The Independent School embraces these same passions! It is an environment that inspires students to be their best selves.

Experience & Education

B.S. Engineering - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
I have worked in the field of education for over two decades, inspiring students from elementary school to college. Prior to accepting my current position as College Counselor, I was a 5th Grade classroom teacher at The Independent School and had previously taught at a private K-12 college preparatory school for 6 years as well as at East-West University in Chicago. I have had multiple years experience as an Independent College Admissions Consultant and have served as both a College Adviser and the Director of the Chicago Academic Achievement Program at the University of Chicago, and was the Director of Student Engagement for the National Aviation Consortium Grant at WSU Tech. I have also worked in the capacity of an engineer and health physicist for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for nearly 10 years and as Assistant Director, University of Chicago Office of the Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory.

In 2021, the Wichita Business Journal named Gidget Watson among their Women Who Lead in Education.

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