Obviously, this is Ms. Hawkins' bio-page. I, therefore, am Ms. Hawkins- 8th grade math teacher. It is an auspicious title given to me after 19 years in the teaching profession. This is my eighth year in 8th grade and I am looking forward to the 2016-2017 school year.
I actually attended Swannanoa Valley schools - but back then Black Mountain and Swannanoa had their own middle schools and the middle school building was actually the high school. To say the least, I sometimes feel a bit weird walking down the halls again. After high school, I attended and graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 1997. The next seven years were a blur as I taught in Surry County- Mount Airy to be exact. Mount Airy often goes by another name- Mayberry, home of Andy Griffith. I have eaten at Snappy Lunch and I have gone to Mount Pilot- just a few of the down home favorites. Once I discovered there would be an opening at Owen Middle, though, I knew the time to return to my hometown was at hand. Needless to say, they hired me and here I am to stay. In December 2013, I finished my Masters Degree in Instructional Technology and hope to incorporate the ideas I learned in my coursework this year and in the years to follow, challenging myself and my students to use technology as a tool rather than just a toy.
The pictures below are from a summer trip exploring Comic Con pictures from previous summers, because I am big nerd and proud of it.