• M.S.A. 2018 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A.Ed. 2012 – Campbell University


Daniel Watson, a native of Person County and a 2007 graduate of Person High School, serves as principal of the Carolina Community Academy — an innovative K-2 school in Roxboro, North Carolina, and a partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and Person County Schools. Watson took his passion for working with children and playing sports to become a health and physical education teacher. He graduated from Campbell University in 2012 and began his career as a middle school teacher and coach with the Alamance-Burlington School System.

After three years, the opportunity to advance his career as athletic director is when Daniel began his leadership experience and began working on his Master in School Administration degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Upon completion of the MSA program in 2018, Watson became the assistant principal of E. M. Yoder Elementary School in Mebane, North Carolina. His work with the staff and community enabled their school to grow into a B grade on the North Carolina School Report Card.

During the 2020 school year, Watson once again seized the opportunity to grow himself and his community by becoming the principal of Pleasant Grove Elementary in Burlington, North Carolina. He led Pleasant Grove for nearly three years during which time the school recorded its highest-ever EVAAS growth and was subsequently removed from the state watch list.

Having a passion to serve his hometown, Watson now joins the Carolina Community Academy where he believes he will not only impact his community but see students reach new levels of success.