Mike Hawley grew up in Cedar Falls, IA to a family of educators. His father was a Spanish professor at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and his mother taught several subjects at both the primary and secondary levels. His three siblings all have careers in education, and it was always very clear how important education was in the Hawley home. That tradition has continued as his oldest daughter is ready to embark on her own career as a bilingual speech pathologist, combining her mother’s and father’s careers to make her own. His son is in his last semester at UNI, and his youngest child is ready to begin her junior year in high school.
Before he came to East Moline, Mr. Hawley was the 9th grade Academy Coordinator at Rock Island High School and also taught Spanish. Mr. Hawley’s brother is also a middle school principal in the Quad Cities. His brother has often remarked just how fulfilling it is to work with students at that age and Mike always wanted to work in the middle school setting. The Glenview principalship felt like the perfect combination to work with students, staff and families where he could use his Spanish skills and his goal to bring a school community together to help all students succeed. Mike is excited to take this next step in his career.
An avid bike rider, Mike enjoys putting in the miles because it gives him time to think. When asked what motivates him, he shares the story of his student whom he taught 20 years earlier. He couldn’t recall her name as she came up to him to give him a hug and thank him for changing her life. He felt bad he couldn’t recall her name on the spot but it reminded him that we don’t always realize the impact we can make in the life of a student. Mr. Hawley reminds himself that every interaction with a student has an effect and it’s our job to make it a positive one, even from 20 years earlier. Say hello to Mr. Hawley if you see him around Glenview Middle School!