Watts, 17, is a member of the school’s varsity volleyball and girls soccer teams and works extensively with her church — when she’s not attending classes or interning with the work-based learning class for special needs students at her school.
Chapel Hill Principal Sean Kelly said Watts “is always very helpful.”
“Alex is one of those girls … you hope your daughter grows up to be like,” Kelly said.
Watts is the daughter of longtime Douglas County educators Chris and Virginia Watts of Douglasville.
Chris Watts has served as a physical education teacher at Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Douglasville for more than three decades. He also serves as girls soccer head coach at Chapel Hill, where he coaches his daughter.
Alex Watts said she is considering following in the footsteps of her parents and sister, a senior at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and becoming a teacher. She said she is considering either Jacksonville State, Columbus State or Georgia Southern universities.
She would like to major in a subject in college that will lead to teaching physical education to special-needs students, Watts said.
“I always have had a heart for them,” she said. “They see life so differently.”
She said she decided to work in such a specialized education field after growing up with a close friend who was a special-needs student.
Alex has a lengthy resume of activities in addition to her work during school hours at Chapel Hill.
She is a member of the school’s volleyball team, where she plays right hitter and setter for a team which currently is fighting for a state playoff spot. The Lady Panthers advanced to the second round of the state tournament in 2011.
In the spring, she plays center/midfielder for the soccer team.
Prior to this school year, she worked as part of the World Changers program — through Central Baptist Church in Douglasville — to help make repairs to seniors’ homes. She also has participated in mission trips throughout the eastern U.S. with the church, she said.
She also works part-time at Chick-fil-A restaurant at Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville.
Her father said Alex “has a heart for people.”
“She tries to stay involved in things,” he said.