Lisa Hawkins

What do you like about working at LCN?

There are a number of things I like about teaching at LCN. The support and leadership make me feel like I can concentrate on interacting with students. In addition, the students themselves are highly motivated, intelligent, responsive, and a lot of fun to be with.

What’s your favorite book?

I have four kids and even though I joke with them about who is my favorite right now, I love them all. Therefore, I will choose four books because I can’t decide among these. I’m a big fan of the Harry Potter series, so let’s consider that one book. I also enjoy Jane Austen and have read the witty Pride and Prejudice several times. I have a weird soft spot in my heart for Shakespeare’s darker plays, so that would make Macbeth my favorite. Finally, as history is my academic love, that leads me to a very nerdy fourth choice, Gordon Wood’s The Radicalism of the American Revolution.

Who inspired you when you were young?

This may seem like an odd answer, but I think the most accurate response is that it was God who inspired me to be a teacher. I sort of always knew that I was destined to be a teacher, even though I resisted the pull mightily until I after I already completed two years of college in an entirely different field. From elementary school on, I often found myself in the position of explaining some topic to a fellow student, and was told dozens of times that I should become a teacher. I was determined to go into science, though, until it was overwhelmingly apparent that scientific research and I didn’t get along very well. Ironically, when I first switched to teaching, it was out of disappointment. But it was only then that I realized how much I absolutely love it. Teaching is my calling.

Fun Fact:

I’m a huge international soccer fan.