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Hawkins recognized for MSU spirit

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    "I am proud to represent my University at each conference and share with other colleagues why I think MSU is a great university. MSU is a positive university, and when you are around positive individuals, positive outcomes come your way." -Dr. Sarah Hawkins, Assistant Professor of Education

Many people think having school spirit is embodied by your love and fanaticism for your university. However, it also exists when someone is a cheerleader for their students and the promising futures those students pursue.

In this way, Dr. Sarah Hawkins, assistant professor of education in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Educaton, is one of MSU’s biggest cheerleaders – and she’s received recognition for it.

Hawkins was named Most School Spirited for the third annual Kentucky Monthly Professor Superlative Class. Award winners are chosen by the publication’s readers, who nominate their favorite professors for different categories. Hawkins received a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders at the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree in early childhood education and a doctoral degree in moderate and severe disabilities at the University of Kentucky.

After she was hired by MSU in 2008, Hawkins immediately became a champion for students with disabilities. She organized and hosted a transition fair for students with disabilities. She also founded a chapter of the national Student Council for Exceptional Children at Morehead State, serving as its faculty advisor and on the statewide board for the Council of Exceptional Children.

Hawkins said she hopes her efforts will change people’s perceptions of the disabled.

“Many times, individuals only see the disability,” Hawkins said. “As educators, it is important to approach each student as an individual and teach them using appropriate learning modes that will ensure positive outcomes. I know these students can acquire the needed skills to become active participants in their communities.”

Now in her fourth year at Morehead State, Hawkins has made great strides in her instruction and research.

“I feel that when most of the students complete my courses, they come out as strong advocates and are not afraid to stand up for students with disabilities,” Hawkins said. “They have also increased their self-confidence by taking a stand on what is right.” 

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