I’m Dawna Halama, Ms. Halama to students, and it is my pleasure to serve the Hawking STEAM Charter community as your Special Education and Student Services Coordinator.
I come to you with 24 years of education experience, 14 wonderful years as a classroom teacher in grades 2-6 and then ten exciting years as a charter school leader. I am a reading specialist with a Master of Arts in Reading from SDSU and in 2008 I became a National Board Certified Teacher. When I first stepped out of the classroom and into school leadership I assumed the role of Instructional Leader then became the Associate Director of Instruction. I earned my Administrative Services Credential in 2015. I am passionate about equitable teaching and learning, and my remarkable journey as an educator has shaped my core beliefs that I’d like to share with you.
I believe that
if each and every school leader serves his or her community by promoting a safe, equitable, and learning-centered school culture;
and each and every teacher fosters an inclusive, responsive, and rigorous learning environment;
then each and every child will thrive socially, emotionally, and intellectually, fulfill his or her potential and be well-prepared for the dynamic future.
It is my honor and a great privilege to serve this wonderfully vibrant community of learners as we strive to fulfill our vision to Think, Create, Innovate, and Discover!
Email Ms. Flores
Ms. Genesis Flores
Hi Rockets! My name is Genesis Flores and I am joining the Hawking 2 family this year as an Education Specialist. Students know me as Ms. Genesis, and some might remember me from previous years when I assisted as a Paraprofessional. I have worked with a diverse population of students ranging from Elementary to High School. I am excited to be joining the Hawking team again, and looking forward to continuing providing support.
I grew up and live in the South Bay community. I attended Otay Ranch High School and Southwestern College in Chula Vista. I decided to pursue my teaching career at Point Loma Nazarene University, where I obtained my B.A in Integrated Studies with a Emphasis in Education. Additionally, I pursued my Education Specialist Mild/Moderate and Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. As a first generation graduating student I know the different challenges that can be faced, but I hope that my story will motivate students to never give up.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am more than happy to assist you.
Email Ms. Hanline
Ms. Mercedes Hanline
My name is Mercedes Hanline and I am an Education Specialist here at Hawking 1 & 2. I work with the Student Services Team to provide an inclusive environment for all learners. In addition to being an Education Specialist, I also hold a single subject credential in English and a multiple subjects teaching credential. I have taught and case managed in elementary school, middle school, and high school. Being tri-credentialed I am grateful for the opportunity to blend my role as I support students with diverse learning needs.
I completed my B.A. in American Literature & Culture at UCLA and completed my credential work and Masters in Teaching at Point Loma Nazarene University. I have worked in all grade levels K-12 in both San Diego and Los Angeles. Charter schools hold a special place in my heart as I was part of the first graduating class at the Preuss School UCSD, attending from the 6th-12th grade.
I am a San Diego native and currently live in Normal Heights. Some of my passions include reading, writing, listening to music, going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, and making art of any kind. I especially love sewing!
Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything I might be able to assist you with, or if you have any questions.
Email Mrs. Johnson
Mrs. Emily Johnson
My name is Emily Johnson and I am the bilingual school psychologist for Hawking STEAM Charter Schools 1 & 2. While I have many roles and responsibilities at Hawking, they all center around supporting the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of all students.
I received my bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I completed graduate school at San Diego State University where I received my masters degree in Counseling and education specialist degree in School Psychology. I am trained in multicultural school psychology and have a background in serving multicultural and diverse populations.
I am originally from a small town in the Mojave desert about 4 hours north of San Diego but have lived in Chula Vista for 6 years. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, going on walks with my dog, watching movies, and listening to music.
This will be my 3rd year at Hawking and I am grateful to continue serving our students and families. Please reach out to me if I can assist you in any way or if you have any questions.
Email Mr. Aguilar
Mr. Montgomery Aguilar
Speech Languange Pathologist
Hello, My name is Montgomery Aguilar, or Mr. Monty to most students, and I am the Speech-Language Therapist at Hawking STEAM 2. My main role and passion here at Hawking is to provide therapy, evaluation, and professional consulting in all areas of oral language and communication that are appropriate for bilingual and monolingual children alike. This is my third year working for Hawking, as well as my third year practicing speech-language therapy.
I was born and raised in San Diego and attended High School at High Tech High Media Arts before attending the University of Redlands for my bachelors degree in Ecology, as well as a masters degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. I currently live in Pacific Beach and in my free time I enjoy bodysurfing, gardening, and playing music.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about language development, social communication, or anything related to oral language.