Leonard Hawkes has shouldered a lot of titles over the years. He has been an English teacher and a history teacher. He has taught German and economics and been an instructor at Bridgerland Applied Technology College. He has advised Bear River High School’s Student Council and even been a Boy Scout camp director.
One name, however, does not fit this seasoned veteran of education – Gypsy. Hawkes certainly believes in putting down roots and blooming where he is planted. But now, after 37 years as BRHS’s most familiar face, this teacher/instructor/advisor is bidding farewell and retiring at the end of the school year. It has been a rewarding career, he said, one that started, with some uncertainty, just after he earned his own teaching diploma.
It was the fall of 1977 and no jobs were to be had. An opening came in the Box Elder School District’s Title I program at Central School in Brigham City. Hawkes took it just to get a foot in the proverbial door. A short six weeks into the school year, he was offered a choice of teach-ing positions and picked Bear River. He was to teach English, world civilization and economics. “In those days you had to learn an array of subjects,” he said.
He has never regretted that single relocation.
Pick up a copy of this week’s Leader for more on Hawkes and other district retirees.