Degrees and Certifications:
BA Psychology Masters Education PhD Curriculum & Instruction (Currently All but Dissertation)
Mrs. Donna Hawkins
BA in Psychology (NCSU) /Masters in Education (ECU)/PhD Curriculum & instruction (NCSU) All but Dissertation:( Focus: Reading and Writing multimodal and multigenre compositions and the reading-writing connection)
I began teaching in 1998 and am certified in Language Arts and Science. I am licensed to teach the academically gifted and have considerable experience working with exceptional populations as well. For five years , I have also taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at the community college and at NC State.
This year I will be teaching two groups of English 8 and two groups of English I which is a combination of 8th and 9th grade English. As a teacher and a researcher, I am passionate about literacy development and believe that students who learn how to appreciate their own stories will learn to appreciate reading other people's stories. Students in my classes can expect to read and write daily as part of the curriculum.
Because I believe that literacy in the 21st century is multimodal, students will learn how to use a variety of digital and traditional tools and how to choose the best tool to match the genre and audience intended for their writing. We focus on close reading in 8th grade with an equal balance of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Research is an important part of the 8th grade curriculum, and students will learn how to question, where to look for answers, and the steps involved in problem solving. Students will also learn how to prepare and conduct a debate, how to listen as well as speak. I love teaching, I love learning, and I love the students and faculty at Smithfield Middle!
1st Block English 8 7:30---9:05
2nd Block English I 9:08---10:18
4th Block English I 11:04--12:44 (Lunch 12:03)
5th Block Electives/Planning 12:47-- 1:57
6th Block English 8 2:00--3:15
At this time, all traditional high school graduations are still planned for May 29. Graduation ceremonies for Johnston County Early College Academy and Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy will now take place on May 16th, rather than the original date of May 15th.
The Johnston County Board of Education will hold a budget work session on Tuesday, April 27. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. and be held in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield.