Congratulations to Chad Hawkes, who has been named Teacher of the Year at North Park Elementary!

Hawkes TOTY

Congratulations to Chad Hawkes, who has been named North Park Elementary’s Teacher of the Year! Hawkes is a veteran when it comes to working with fifth graders -- he has been teaching fifth grade for over 20 years! He comes from what he calls “an educationally-minded family,” and many members of his family work and volunteer at various schools in the Cache County School District. Although he covers many subjects as an elementary school teacher, Hawkes’ passion lies in social studies, particularly studies of the United States. He believes it’s important to help students understand the struggles, triumphs, and sacrifices that came with the establishment of this great country. “The kids that leave my class each year hopefully have a better understanding of just how fortunate we are to live in this country and enjoy the freedoms we do,” Hawkes shared.

North Park principal Alden Jack described Hawkes as someone who “exemplifies the spirit of North Park.” Hawkes is very involved in his school. He leads the Click-It Club, arranges the DARE program, and heads the annual Veterans’ Day Assembly. “When you're a student in his class, you know you are in for a unique experience not to be had by others,” explained Jack. So, what can you expect being a student in Hawkes’ classroom? “In his classroom, there are visuals, book reports, miniature cabin building, guest presenters, and kickball championships,” Jack shared. “His students are engaged in all types of learning.”

“My goal is to try and have each student leave their elementary experience on a positive, happy note,” Hawkes said. “I hope to have the same influence on the children in my classes that I experienced from my teachers when I was a kid.”

Hawkes Board Meeting