I am very excited to work with our amazing students, families, and teachers to grow and learn everyday. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Mathematics, as well as my teaching credential from San Diego State University. Then I obtained my Master's Degree in Best Teaching Practices from National University, and am currently working on my administrative credential again at San Diego State. I have been an educator for eleven years, the last three at Hawking 2. It is here that I have found my passion for teaching and learning while working with our teachers to integrate STEAM into every subject matter. I love our community and what we do here. I am so proud to be working in the same community where I attended school as a child. I strive to provide our students with the learning experiences that will allow them to do their personal best academically and socially. I believe that if we all work together we can ensure that our students are successful, and happy. I am looking forward to another wonderful year!
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Mr. Joshua Ducharme
I have been involved in education my entire life. Both of my parents served for over 30 years in the education field as teachers, counselor, and school principal. There was never a doubt that this was the path I was destined to take. This path led me to pursue my dream and passion and I’ve never looked back. I have been working in the CA education system for the last 15 years. I hold a Masters degree in Education with a concentration in cross cultural teaching from National University, a CA Cleared Credential (CLAD) from National University, and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University with an emphasis in fine arts. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership and Management with a STEAM concentration from the American College of Education. My experience in the classroom encompasses teaching multiple grade levels spanning from Kinder-6th and special education. I hold many certifications including Google Educator, Microsoft Educator Level 1 and 2, and Leading Edge Certification. Currently at Hawking Charter School I am serving as the Associate Principal. I look forward to partnering with you this year and getting to know each and every family and the students here at Hawking.
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Dr. Lorena Chavez
It is my honor to serve as the Executive Director of Hawking STEAM Charter Schools.
I love education and learning new things, and I am passionate about instilling this love of education among our students and the community we serve. I grew up in Los Angeles, a child of Mexican parents who immigrated to this country to give their children a better life. I was the first in my family to go to college, and I obtained my B.A. in Spanish Literature from UCSD (Go Tritons!) I obtained my teaching credential, M.A., administrative credential and my Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at SDSU (Go Aztecs!)
I joined the Hawking team in 2013 after a fulfilling teaching career that spanned fourteen years. As a teacher, I was proud to have been selected as Teacher of the Year twice but even more proud of the academic growth I worked hard to achieve among my students each and every day.
My passion for teaching and transforming children’s lives led me to becoming a principal and now the Executive Director of what I hope will become the best schools in the world, Hawking STEAM Charter Schools, two independent and direct-funded public charter schools.
Our mission is to provide our students with a high quality and rigorous STEAM-focused education based on the latest Next Generation Science and Common Core State Standards. Here at Hawking, we strive to make each day a happy and productive one. Our team of teachers and staff are committed to making our schools a wonderful, safe and highly academic place of teaching and learning with an extreme focus on science. We know that children are naturally curious and we focus on tapping into this natural curiosity.
Hawking opened its doors in 2012 with only 140 students, and we are now proud to have grown to serve more than 1000 students across two campuses.
I welcome you to learn what Hawking is all about and I look forward to getting to know each of our families and students.