Hello! Oi! ¡Hola!

I'm Mrs. Luciane (Lu) Hawkins! Welcome to our Third-Grade Class at Hebron-Harman Elementary School website and blog.  I am so excited to be your child’s teacher. I believe the classroom is a community, so I encourage parent and family involvement, and I believe in open communication.  Feel free to contact me at anytime. You can contact me through our class website, by calling the school office, or sending a note to me. The URL for the class website is www.mrshawkinsclassroom.com. The website will be fully functional by the end of the month.

 My name is Luciane Padilha Figueiredo da Cruz Azevedo-Hawkins, I was not born in the United States of America. I'm from Curitiba, Brazil – a city of over three million people. In the United States, I go by Luciane Padilha Hawkins, and all of my friends call me “Lu." I am happy to be a Naturalized American Citizen! In the United States, my dream of teaching came true! I am married to, Danny Hawkins, an American, whom I met while he was on a short-term missions trip in Curitiba, Brazil. He is a newly-signed author as a self-publisher at Harper-Collins Christian Publishing, a social worker, and pastor. He manages and directs our small business, Hawkins Educational Services, LLC. We have a 13-year-old son, Daniel Hawkins, who is in the eighth grade. He enjoys all things Playstation, games, and electronics, as well as has a passion for American history, which he shares on his Youtube Channel. 

From a small girl living in the favela/project in Brazil, my journey in life led me to Springfield, Missouri and Missouri State University and the College of Education. I was awarded scholarships and grants which allowed me to become the educator I always wanted to be. In May 2017, I graduated with my MsEd from Missouri State. I have over 10 years of teaching experience in Brazil and the United States combined. I have five years of experience of teaching in the public school system in the United States. Through my small business, I have been an educational consultant for over five years. More recently, I moved to Baltimore, Maryland to teach at Hebron-Harman Elementary School and to pursue doctoral studies. I am very happy to join the Hebron-Harman Elementary School Community! I look forward to getting to know each of you and collaborating with you for a successful 2019-2020 school year!

Obrigada/Thank you,

Mrs. Luciane (Lu) Hawkins, MSEd.

My Education:
In Progress Yale University School of Management - Fostering Diversity and  Inclusion

In Progress Doctorate In Education, Mind, Brain, and Teaching, Specialization:

Developing Teaching and Learning Strategies for Multicultural and  Diverse Learners, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Baltimore, Maryland

2017 Master of Science in Education, Literacy (Summa Cum Laude), Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri 

2015 Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education (Summa Cum Laude), Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri 

2013 Associate of Arts (Cum Laude) Ozarks Technical Community College, 

Springfield, Missouri 

2013 Associate of Arts in Teaching (Cum Laude) Ozarks Technical Community 

College, Springfield, Missouri


Publications and Written Work:
My work and classroom has been featured by Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri), Ozarks Technical Community College (Springfield, Missouri), Springfield Public Schools (Springfield, Missouri), The Springfield News-Leader (Springfield, Missouri), and my being a 2013 All-Missouri Academic Team proclamation by the Honorable Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon, Governor of the State of Missouri. I write academic articles for a variety of academic journals. I have written "Multicultural Perspectives: Culturally Relevant Literacy Instruction" in the Missouri Reader. Currently, I am writi

ng an article for Psychology Today. My classroom has been selected as the most diverse classroom in the Springfield Public Schools, Missouri school district, consistently been in the academic performers of the school district, If you would like to learn more about me, please feel free to contact you.

You can find Missouri State University's Spotlight about me on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXM7aDMn4Og&t=10s,

Springfield Public Schools (Springfield, Missouri) highlight of my summer school course here: https://www.facebook.com/springfieldpublicschools/videos/10153499813976735/ UzpfSTE2NjE1NzA2NDA6MTAyMDg4MDQ0NTg3NDMwNzc/?q=life%20lab&fi lters_rp_author=%7B%22name%22%3A%22author_friends_groups%22%2C%2 2args%22%3A%22%22%7D  ,

The Honorable Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon's proclamation of my being a 2013 All-Missouri Academic Team here: https://news.otc.edu/otc-students-named-to-all-missouri-academic-team/.

The Springfield Missouri News-Leader article about my husband's, son's, and my after-school club, Brazil Aventures/Brasil Aventuras, is located here: https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2017/02/13/positive-experience-brazil-adventures-club-springfield-elementary/97589038/

The 2017 The Missouri Reader, Vol. 40 / Issue 3 Spring 2017. "Multicultural Perspectives: Culturally Relevant Literacy Instruction" is available here:

https://view.joomag.com/the-missouri-reader-vol-40-issue-3/02014500014786316 56?short