Sister Vanessa

Dr. Vanessa Chandler Watkins


Vanessa C. Watkins

Principal, Cooper Middle School

4605 Ewing Road

Austell, GA 30106

Cobb County School District


Twitter: @wvcwatkins/@coopermscougars

phone: (770)819-2438



BBA and Accounting, University of Dubuque, Cum Laude

MBA, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

CPA, Pennsylvania

MAT, University of Pittsburgh

K. Leroy Irvis Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

EdD, University of Pittsburgh



Biographical Information:

Vanessa is a native of Colon, Panama, and became a naturalized citizen when her mother became a citizen when she was in elementary school.


When Ralph and Vanessa began their family four years after getting married, Vanessa remained home with Nastasia, Nicola, and Ralph III while also simultaneously attending college and earning all of her degrees and education. Vanessa’s professional career began as an accountant and CPA with Deloitte and Touche Accounting Firm before answering the call to become an educator. She returned to school to then earn her Master’s of Arts in Teaching and EdD in educational administration.


During her first year as a third grade teacher she completed her EdD. She taught third and sixth grades in Augusta, GA before becoming an assistant principal for a year and then a principal of an elementary school.


When her family moved to Pasadena, CA she was able to serve as the principal of Norma Coombs K-8 School for 6 years. During that time the school was named a Title I Distinguished School for three consecutive years and Honorable Mention California Distinguished School.


Vanessa is currently serving in her 7th year as the principal of Cooper Middle School, a Title I school in the southwestern region of Cobb County.  In 2017, Cooper was the first middle school in Cobb County to earn state STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) and AdvancEd STEM certifications. Cooper has also been named a Title I Distinguished School for at least two years during her tenure.


She has a passion for young people and ensuring that their lives are saved and improved through a quality education.




She has been married to Dr. Ralph Watkins since June 21, 1982 and they have three adult children- Nastasia -31, Nicole -30, and Ralph III -26




Mailing Address:

18 Williams Holmes Borders Drive,

Atlanta, GA 30312


(404) 659-4328


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9:15am – 10:15am - The Church in Study

10:15am – 10:30am - The Prayer and Praise Period

10:30 am   - The Call to Worship