Principal's Corner

Shana Hawthorne

Shana Hawthorne has been named principal of West Middle School for the2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Hawthorne has been a member of the DeSoto ISD family for 16 years. She began her career as a classroom teacher at Amber Terrace Middle School and later transferred to West Middle School. While at West, Mrs. Hawthorne was promoted to Instructional Coordinatorbeginning her journey into educational leadership. In 2010, Mrs. Hawthornewas named assistant principal at The Meadows Elementary serving as an assistant principal for the next four years including one year at the DeSotoFreshman Campus. Her next step was becoming principal at The MeadowsElementary in 2014. Under her five year leadership, the school earned state distinctions in reading and comparative growth.

Mrs. Hawthorne earned a Bachelors of Science degree in SpeechCommunications from the University of Southern Mississippi. Recognizing a growing passion for students and learning, Mrs. Hawthorne decided to further her studies at the University of North Texas in Denton earning a Masters Degree in Educational Administration with honors as a member of Tau Sigma National Honor Society. Currently, Mrs. Hawthorne is pursuing her Superintendent certification focusing on creating equitable educational access for at-risk populations.

Mrs. Hawthorne is an avid nature lover enjoying time outdoors with her family riding bikes, hiking, and gardening. Her family and faith keep her uplifted and focused.
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