Pershing Elementary Leadership
Principal, Pershing Elementary
Mrs. Watkins has been principal of Pershing Elementary since 2014. She previously held the position of Principal at Fogarty Elementary and Central Elementary for Guthrie Public Schools and also as a classroom teacher.
Mrs. Watkins earned a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Early Childhood at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and a Masters of Education in Education Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. She currently serves as a board member of the Bridges Out of Poverty organization.
Karen has been married to her husband Rafe, for 29 years. Rafe is the Head Football Coach for Muskogee High School and they are proud to call Muskogee home. They have two children and a son-in-law; Ashley Hansen and her husband Tanner and Hunter Watkins. Ashley and Tanner are expecting their first child in October and we are so excited to become grandparents. Mrs. Watkins invites you to stop by Pershing and see the exciting things that are going on. It is their mission to make every day amazing! #Best Day Ever!!