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Assistant Superintendent Hired
Texas Educator Replaces Loving

hawkinsHobbs Municipal Schools’ newest assistant superintendent hails from Texas – the same state, ironically, that his predecessor will move to at the end of the month. Will Hawkins begins work as the HMS assistant superintendent for secondary education effective July 1. He replaces Joe Loving, who retired from HMS and moves to Austin at the end of the month to accept a position with CollegeBoard. Hawkins, currently a middle school principal in Brady,Texas, is a former principal at Brownfield High School. He’s a graduate of Angelo State University who has been on the fast track since earning a bachelor’s degree in history and English in 1998. A former Middle School English teacher, Hawkins studied for his master’s degree while teaching classes during the day and delivering pizza at night. Juggling multiple responsibilities was nothing new for the San Antonio native. “I grew up in a high-poverty, low socio-economic neighborhood,” Hawkins said Tuesday, adding that his mother was a single parent of five children. “Throughout it all, I learned a lot about myself. I knew that when I became a teacher, my strength would be working with those same type of students.”

After spending seven years as one of the only middle schoolteachers in his San Angelo district with Advanced Placement certification,Hawkins moved to Brownfield to accept the assistant principal job in 2006. He was promoted to principal the following year. Moving to a smaller community was an adjustment, but “I learned that I really had the ability to have an impact,” Hawkins said. While at Brownfield, Hawkins said he worked to restructure career classes while balancing them with Advanced Placement courses. “They both are really serving the same purpose,” Hawkins said of the tracks. Your AP program and your career pathways courses each provide the student an opportunity for advancement beyond high school,” Hawkins said.“Whether it’s shop or cosmetology, if you can leave school with the equivalent of an associate’s degree or 30 hours training, that makes you much more marketable immediately. And AP is preparing students who are academically inclined – whether it be for an Ivy league college, a state college or community college. Both (tracks) complement one another. I don’t think one is more indicated for one group of students and the other for another group. There can and should be a mutual connection between the two programs.” 

Outgoing HMS Supt. Cliff Burch said Hawkins and Hobbs are a good fit. “He is energetic, knowledgeable and passionate about the future of education,” Burch said.“Like our district, Mr. Hawkins is progressive with current trends in education and will be a great asset to the district.” Incoming HMS Supt. T.J. Parks concurred, saying he was particularly impressed withHawkins’ success in transforming Brownfield High School into a high achievingschool in a relatively short period of time. “He’s the type of person who canwalk the talk,” Parks said.

 Hawkins said he’s excited about the move to Hobbs because the district is on the grow with a widely diverse student population. He and his family – a 9-year-old daughter, a two-year-old son and his wife, who is an elementary school teacher, will move to town next week. “Before I met Mr. Parks and Mr. Burch, I wasn’t sure if(Hobbs) was the right fit for me and my family,” Hawkins admitted. “After interviewing and meeting them, and looking at the city, both my wife and I really felt like it would be a great fit. Hobbs is a great opportunity," Hawkins said.  “We are excited and anxious to become part of the Hobbs community.”

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Test Scores Improve
Assistant Principals Announced
Orientation and Meet the Teacher Activities Planned
New Principals Announced
Hawkins named Personnel Director of the Year
Teacher Goes Extra Mile for Student
Peters Recognized for Student Service
Spring Homecoming Redesigned
Science Olympiad Teams Compete
HMS Maintenance Department Wins Big
2015 Homecoming Candidates
Stone Names New Principal
HHS Junior Makes History
Parks Named Superintendent of the Year
2015 Essay Winners Announced
Hobbs students compete at State Science Olympiad
SkillsUSA Swings into Service
Hightower to Lead Sanger
HHS Science Olympiad Finishes Third in Regionals
Get Shots Now for Kindergarten Registration
Turrubiates Named Principal at Murray
New School Zones to be Discussed
Anti-Bullying Program Here Next Week
Nineteen Nominated for Homecoming Queen
More Promotions Announced
2014 Veteto Winners Honored
Essay Winners Announced
MathCounts team headed to state
Three Students Win State Music Contest
State Science Olympiad Results
HHS takes first in Regional Science Olympiad
Promotions Announced
Response to Roswell School Violence
2013 Homecoming Queen Candidates Announced
A Report on 2013 School Grade Designations
Players from State Champion Football Teams Hold Reunion
Will Rogers Family Gets New Home
Students Get Behind the Scenes Look at State Government
HHS Science Olympiad Wins Regionals
HHS Seniors Vote in First Election
Schools Dealing with Increased Enrollment
2012 Homecoming Queen Candidates Announced
Heizer Memoribilia Rolling In
Fighting Truancy
Heizer Opens Aug. 15 as Middle School
A-F School Ratings Released by State
Data Specialist Now On Board
Strickland Promoted to Department Director
American Legion Essay Winners Announced
Fifth Place Finish for FHS at Science Olympiad
HHS Office Plans
Teacher Saves Student's Life
School A-F Grading System Flawed
SuperSaturday Polishes Skills
Maddox Scholarship Applications Available
Hardison Taxpayer Watchdog
Band One Big Happy Family
HHS Student Elected Boys State Governor
HHS Names New Principal
New Special Ed Director Announced
Homecoming Queen Candidates Announced
New Role for Calderon
AYP Results Explained
Energy Program Honored
District Hires New Finance Director
Cliff Burch Returns to HMS
Register for CASA Fun Run Here
HHS Students Join Symphony
Two Schools Receive Bilingual Award
Student Wins Regional Essay Contest
Highland Hosts Law Enforcement Activities
McIlroy Earns Doctorate
Superintendent Outlines Redistricting Meetings
FACT Tour Gets Bond update
Three Elementaries Honored at Capitol
Freshman High School Breaks Ground
Debate Club Gears Up
Andrews Sendoff
49 Teachers Win Grants
Wilson named Athletic Director
Jackson New Mexico Coach of the Year
Six campuses win state maintenance award
Brooks Scholarship Announced
Houston Third at State Science Olympiad
Spring Homecoming Candidates Announced
Heizer Fun Run/Walk Scheduled
HMS Creates New Website

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