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.
I teach English 8 and English I with equal passion. 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. I love working in a virtual environment and hope to share my enthusiasm with those I teach.
Because I believe that literacy in the 21st century is multimodal, students will learn how to use a variety of digital and traditional print and art forms to communicate an idea or message which is ideal for a virtual learning environment. This year, we will focus on close reading with an equal balance of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Research is an important part of the 8th and 9th 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!
English I Live Google Meet Daily 10:30-11:15am
Optional English I Google Meet Discussion Group (Days to be announced) 2:30-3:15
Overtime: English 8 Review & English I Clarification Time 1:30-2:15pm Daily
Please Note that the Live Google Meet Session for 8th Grade English is also from 10:30-11:15am Daily but will be led by Mr. Cyrus, Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Haskins, and Ms. Stone. All English 8 students will attend that meet which will provide direct instruction. All assignments, however, will be turned in via my Google Classroom!
All Google Meet Session Links will be provided on the Google Classroom.
Note: If you or your child cannot remember their Johnston County password, please have them follow these instructions: https://identity.johnston.k12.nc.us/portal/p/applications
Smithfield Middle Virtual Orientation & Open House Presentations can be viewed using the link inside.
Families will pick up schedules, instructional resources, and school supplies using the schedule inside.
Parents can request a device or hotspot by clicking here.
The Johnston County Board of Education approved a back to school plan at a special called session on Thursday, Sept. 25.
Progress Report dates will be shared by individual schools. It is essential to activate PowerSchool Parent Portal in order to review your child’s academic progress, school attendance, and to stay informed...
Beginning Tuesday, September 8, JCPS will operate its curbside meal service at only its elementary school sites. Students in all grade levels can receive a meal from any of the 23 elementary school sites at no cost...
Johnston County Public Schools has begun posting the number of confirmed, school-related COVID-19 cases that are reported to us by the Johnston County Health Department. This will give families and staff more information about how the pandemic is impacting the school system.