Brian Watkins

I am married with 3 kids. My wife and I co-direct the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana, which provided sports and activities to children with special needs. I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1994, and recently went back to school to become a special education teacher. I am currently doing my student teaching now at Ernest Gallet elementary and hope to be teaching by the spring of 2012. I was born in Texas, and spent most of my early childhood there. We moved to Tulsa, OK when I was 12 and I finished growing up there, going to Union High School. Immediately after high school I enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, but due to unforseen circumstances, I was medically discharged after 6 months of service. I moved to southwest Louisiana in 1990 to begin attending school, and met my wife, Donielle there. We dated through most of college and were married soon after graduation. Both of her parents died of cancer about the same time as our graduation and we instantly became parental figures to her 4 younger siblings. The youngest of these siblings, Monique, was 5 at the time and came to live with us, and we raised her as our daughter. Three years into our marriage, my wife gave birth to our first son, Logan. He was born with a neurological disorder called Spina Bifida, which limited his mobility and the use of his lower extremities. Logan's birth changed our lives as we instantly became parents raising a child with special needs. As he grew he began to see his older sister, Monique, play sports and asked one day when he would get to start playing soccer. A very hard question to answer, as we didn't know how. We refused to tell him he couldn't. 2005 was a very special year as it gave birth to our foundation and my third child, my son Lucas. Lucas was born with no complications, except that he is a high energy little boy. Basically, he is my curse, as he is me all over again. We live in Lafayette, LA.