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School and Support Staff

Special Education

Special Education
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Ms. Dawna Halama

Student Services Coordinator

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!

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