Dr. Andrew Mark Watley is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended St. Augustine for high school and is a member of the graduating class of 2005. He attended college at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology in 2009.
In August of the same year, Dr. Watley began his teaching career as a high school religion teacher at Archbishop Rummel High School where he would stay for 5 years while working on his Master’s Degree in counseling. He earned a dual Master’s Degree in School Behavioral Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Holy Cross in 2012 while working as a religion teacher and school counselor intern at Holy Cross High School.
Dr. Watley completed his Doctoral Studies from the same university in 2017 earning a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision upon the completion of a dissertation which explored the lived experiences of men who struggle with the relationship between masculinity and muscularity.
He dedicates his decision to become a counselor to one of his former students at Archbishop Rummel High School. Dr. Watley and this particular student had become close throughout his time at the school and the student would often confide in Dr. Watley about his addictive drug and alcohol abuse as well as his abusive home situation. It was during these conversations that he realized that he wanted to do more to help not only this student, but others who had similar troubles. Since their meeting, the student has passed away, but Dr. Watley still dedicates his success to this young man.
Currently, Dr. Watley works as a school counselor at Paul Habans Charter School, as an adjunct professor at The University of Holy Cross, a personal trainer at Snap Fitness, and has a private counseling practice. His hope in the future is to dedicate more time to the private practice.