The Mt. Healthy City School District warmly welcomed Dr. Valerie Hawkins as the district’s new superintendent. The Board of Education approved Dr. Hawkins in June as the district’s next superintendent in the 110-year history.
Valerie Hawkins, Ph.D. has 26 years of experience in public education and comes to Mt. Healthy City School District from Princeton City Schools, where she served as the director of teaching and learning for secondary. Over her career she has held the positions of classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum and instructional specialist, and director of teaching and learning for secondary. She has worked in educational systems in Kentucky, Ohio, and Beijing, China. Dr. Hawkins is passionate about ensuring that the needs of the underprivileged and those with special needs are met.
Dr. Hawkins is well-versed in business and college partnerships; creating pathways for students to earn college credits at the high school campus. She increased the graduation rate at Princeton City Schools from a C to an A. Dr. Hawkins believes “Student readiness for college or a career should be a top priority” . Her leadership style is one of shared decision-making with a mindset on continuous improvement by the removal of obstacles for staff and students. Dr. Hawkins shared, “The opportunity to serve as Superintendent of Mt. Healthy City Schools is incredibly humbling and exciting. I look forward to engaging with Mt. Healthy’s staff, students, parents, community members, and alumni. Mt. Healthy City School District is poised for incredible growth as we continue to meet our objectives of Education Destination.”
Dr. Hawkins earned her Ph.D. and Bachelor’s degree from Miami University and her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. She is married to Oliver, a church planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board and has three adult children Kaitlyn, Kyle and Kelsey.