Sonya Watkins

Associate Director, Talent Search


  • M.S - Youth Development, Iowa State University
  • B.A. - Psychology, Indiana University


I have over 20 years of experience working with children and families in social service and educational settings. I have been a TRiO Talent Search Advisor since 2006. Previous endeavors include working as a Family Resource Specialist for a local foster care agency, serving as an assistant coach for high school girls’ basketball, and I have even operated my own child care business. I have a passion for working with youth and families, educating them on what it takes to complete middle and high school, and how to prepare for and successfully enroll in a post-secondary institution. I also enjoy educating on life skills to students in an effort to assist in making them better individuals for society as a whole.  I have a great deal of experience diplomatically advocating for youth and families in the community, schools, and colleges.  I enjoy volunteering to work with community organizations whose focus is to enrich the lives of young people.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Navarre Intermediate Center grades 7-8
  • Washington High School grades 9-12
  • Co-coordinator of TRiO Talent Search’s Summer Academy 
  • Planner/coordinator of TRiO Talent Search educational/cultural field trips
  • Financial Aid Assistance for community

Awards/Research/Areas of Specialty

  • TRiO Talent Search alumnae
  • Board member & Scholarship Chairperson, Mamas Against Violence 
  • Macedonia Baptist Church Scholarship Committee
  • Principal & Program Coordinator, SBCSC
  • NCAA Eligibility Research/Educator


Spending time with family, attending my children’s extra-curricular activities, wedding coordinating, supporting youth sports, coaching youth sports, & motivating youth.