Hawkes, was nominated by Peggi Peaslee who works in the classroom with Hawkes on Thursdays focusing on helping students choose a career with purpose.
In Peaslee's nomination letter she wrote how impressed she was with Hawkes and her devotion to her students’ success. She even mentioned that Hawkes works to loan business attire out to students who are going to job or college interviews so that they may be able to best represent themselves.
"I have observed her teaching and interacting with her class and her passion for empowering and inspiring these students is incredible."
Each month, a Valley K-12 teacher will be selected from all the entries to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning will visit the teacher’s school to surprise them with their “Excellence in Education” Award. The surprise visit will be broadcast during the Beth and Friends Show. All winning teachers are rewarded with $99, an Excellence in Education Award, and a Rio Salado College gift bag.
Excellence in Education is a partnership between Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9 FM, which recognizes Valley teachers. Students and parents of students are encouraged to nominate K-12 teachers who are excellent at their profession and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in their community.