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Hawes Finalist as Teachers of the Year

May 01, 2016 01:50PM ● By Jennifer Neys

On April 15, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) named four teachers as the 2016-2017 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year finalists.

Valley View Middle School’s Shauna Hawes, representing the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, is one of the four teachers who will move on to the next two phases as finalists.

Hawes, a computer applications/technology teacher, is certainly passionate about inspiring students through technology. Most recently the 18-year teacher has worked with Tesoro and MDUSD to fund three different programs: GIRL Camp, a tech Symposium, and the after school robotics clubs in MDUSD. GIRL Camp is based on a program developed at UC Davis. GIRL stands for Girls in Robotics Leadership, and is a one-week long day camp held at Valley View. A local foundation (Patrick and Shirley Campbell) last year provided financial support. “The girls worked on robotics, programming, problem-solving, leadership, collaboration, research, video production... there is a TON shoved into one amazing week!” said Hawes.  “Last summer, Tesoro offered to get on board, and we are creating the summer experience now for 60 girls this June”. The camp, created for middle school girls, will be held at Valley View. Several DVC students will serve as coaches and some high school students will be on hand as assistant coaches as well. 

Hawes also hosted a tech conference at the middle school last February. “A dream of mine for a few years has been to show off the terrific work we've been doing at Valley View around tech integration. This year, with Tesoro's financial support, we were able to offer a free STEM & Ed Tech Symposium with almost 300 speakers and attendees from all over northern California. We had amazingly positive feedback, and already have next year's event scheduled for February 25”.

Last year Hawes earned the Industrial & Technology Education credential. “This is exciting because the credential really supports work in project design, in problem-solving, engineering, etc., all of which seems to be the direction classes like mine are going,” she added.  In the coming months Hawes will be observed interacting with her students during class and the four finalists will each give a short speech to another panel on August 15. Then, on September 22, the finalists will attend the annual Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Dinner Celebration, held at the Concord Hilton. The evening will close with the announcement of the two 2016-2017 Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year. The two winners of the county program will represent Contra Costa County in the California State program this coming fall.


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