Elementary School Teacher
Jim Hawkins began teaching in 1994 and joined Connections Academy in 2019 as an elementary school teacher.
Mr. Hawkins has taught at the university level, in both private and public schools, ran an English language school in Japan, and worked in brick-and-mortar elementary schools. He’s been an online educator for seven years.
“Teaching is my calling, and I love working with students and helping them reach their full potential. In all my years of teaching, this is the best model for student success I’ve seen, as long as there’s an engaged Learning Coach involved,” says Mr. Hawkins.
Mr. Hawkins knows that many students who have been unsuccessful in traditional school settings can thrive with online learning—getting back to grade level and beyond, while rediscovering the joys and benefits of learning. Online schools also give teachers a chance to address issues that can sometimes go unnoticed in a brick-and-mortar environment.
"I’ve really enjoyed helping to open Willamette Connections Academy and playing a part in creating its culture and priorities."
— Mr. Hawkins
“I’ve really enjoyed helping to open Willamette Connections Academy and playing a part in creating its culture and priorities. Our school community is special because of the positive, collaborative nature of the staff, working to do what’s best for our students and our families, who put so much heart and effort into their education,” he explains.
Mr. Hawkins earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). He also earned a master’s degree in English literature/linguistics with a TESOL professional certificate from Cal Poly, and a master’s degree in education from Pacific University. When he isn’t teaching, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, going scuba diving, camping, backpacking, reading, and cooking.