Julie Watson McCann Profile
by Rick Watson
Julie Watson McCann graduated in 1985 from Dora High School,
and she's packed a lot of living in past 19 years. Julie is a certified
scuba diver, she worked as a professional photographer for eight
years, worked for Kodak for ten years, and she currently works as
a benefits administrator for the North Carolina school system.
She married Patrick McCann five years ago this coming April and
together they live in Clover, South Carolina. Clover is a small
town (population 3500) near the North Carolina state line.
Julie and Patrick live in a hundred year old house on a tree lined
street in Clover. "The house looks a hundred years old right
now Julie jokes, but in a few years, it will look
like a show place."
She left Alabama just after graduation so she hasn't seen many of
her old classmates. She said she did go to the ten year class reunion
and saw a lot of her old friends. She has kept in touch with a few
of her friends through Christmas cards.
Julie's favorite high school teacher at Dora was Clay Mann who was
her art teacher. "When I started his art class, I really couldn't
draw....at all....but Clay taught me that when you love something,
you should pursue it even if you're not that good at it. Pursue
it because you love it. I followed his advice and still enjoy doing
art even though I have very little talent." Julie is a talented
photographer. Her photographs are really very good.
Julie and Patrick
|Julie also has a
camera collection. "I have about 300 cameras many of which are
antique," she says "I'm really a junk collector and that's
why I had to have a big 'ol house." She also collects jewelry,
glass and vintage clothing.
One question that is always asked in these interviews is: what did
you learn at Dora High School that has helped you in life. Julie says
that she learned to "get along with other people. When you get
out into the workplace, there are a LOT of personalities out there.
You must deal with them. You can't avoid them just because you don't
like them," she says. "You look past the things you don't
like in someone, find something you do like and move forward on that
says that she hasn't changed much from high school. "I'm have
a little more confidence in myself, I've seen a little more of the
world and I'm a little more open minded than I use to be," she
She has had a chance to do a little traveling since graduation. Last
year she spent a month in Mexico exploring the Mayan ruins and every
year, they go diving at some tropical island. Her advanced diving
rating allows her to explore ship wrecks and some of the more risky
What will she do when she grows up? She smiles and says, "I'm
going to finish that damn old house."