Krueger MS Band and Artistic Director, Vicky Watson
SAN ANTONIO – For the past 15 years, Vicky Watson has taught at Krueger Middle School and she loves her role as head of the group and the fine arts department.
“It (was) a really nice hike with all of these kids,” Watson said. “I love the community and I love the children.”
His dedication to his students and the North East Independent School District took on a whole new meaning in the final days of the 2020 summer break.
“I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in August,” Watson said. “(The) Friday before we got back to school. So I immediately went to meet my supervisor.
She logged into the human resources department to help establish a mission.
“Together with my doctors and the (district) central office, we made a plan so that I could continue to teach,” she said.
Although inspiring, Watson was determined to continue serving nearly 300 students in the best possible way, just as she had done for the past 28 years as a teacher.
“Not teaching was not an option. I was going to teach, ”Watson said. “Staying home feeling bad was not healthy for me. So when I was in class I didn’t think about cancer. I wasn’t thinking about my therapy. I was more focused on my job, which is sharing music with students that I love. “
Since his diagnosis, Watson has only missed twenty days of school.
“I basically took a day off for my chemotherapy,” Watson said. “I scheduled it to be Friday so I could have some recovery time and be back to work the following Monday.”
The write-offs began in February and these sessions were also strategically chosen on Fridays to avoid missing extra days.
Through it all, Watson has remained focused on sharing music and building the skills of her students in time for the UIL competition.
“They had a lot of compassion. They understand, ”Watson said.
It’s not just a victory in the UIL competition that Watson is celebrating. The last week of April, just a few weeks after her birthday, the group’s manager had the chance to make music with one of the most beautiful instruments she has ever held.
“I am cancer free,” Watson said. “I am really excited.”
Watson was able to ring the bell to celebrate his victory over cancer. Now she’s focused on finishing the year on a strong note with her student of the year first live concert.
“We’re going to have a concert on May 19,” Watson said. “So we’re going to push through to the end (of the school year) and bring back some normalcy for them. You know, they haven’t performed in front of an audience since March 2020. ”
For all educators of parents struggling with a health diagnosis, Watson has a few words to share.
“Your mind is very powerful and if you focus on the positive and take care of what makes you happy, you can overcome it,” Watson said.
Watson attributes his positive spirit to the compassion and support of his supervisors, colleagues, students and family. More than ever, Watson said she was proud to be a Krueger Falcon.
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