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Degrees and Certifications:

Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction (NCSU) Masters in Education (ECU) BA in Psychology (NCSU

Dr. Donna Hawkins

I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction. As a teacher-researcher, I enjoy designing curriculum that is both fun and rigorous. My area of expertise is developing the reading-writing connection through multidimensional writing (using multiple modes, applications, genres, and other tools to communicate). I encourage students to develop and communicate their own opinions and do not believe that it is the teacher's place to indoctrinate students. 

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. I have also taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at the community college and at NC State University in writing and research. 

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!

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JCPS Announcements

  • JC Board of Education Special Session meeting set for July 29

    A special called session of Johnston County Board of Education has been called for Thursday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield. The open session portions of the meeting and all announcements will be accessible to the public via the livestream available online.

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  • Deadline approaching for Transportation for 2021-22 School Year

    The deadline is quickly approaching for Johnston County Public Schools families who need transportation for their students during the 2021-2022 school year. Students who will be attending Early College or Career Technical Leadership Academy, which will begin on August 2nd, have until July 22nd to request transportation. Students who will begin school on August 23rd have until August 2nd to request transportation. This date is for all other JCPS Schools on the traditional school calendar.

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  • Summer Meal Service begins June 7

    As the school year comes to a close, JCPS meal service will now operate at 9 sites during the summer months.

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  • JCPS Outdoor Mask Mandate Lifted

    While face masks are still required in all of our indoor facilities, students, staff, and guests of our campuses are no longer required to wear a face covering when outdoors. Students and staff may continue to wear masks when participating in recess or outdoor activities if they choose to do so.

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  • 2021-2022 JCPS Preschool applications now open

    The online application for the Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Program is now available. Parents who are interested in the JCPS Preschool Program are encouraged to apply early, as availability is on a first come, first served basis. The application window closes on June 30th.

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