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Message from the Principal

Message from the Principal





Akila Jones has been with the Hawthorne School District for nearly 19 years. She began in 1999 as a substitute teacher working throughout the district in various elementary schools. Her first teaching position was in 2000 teaching first grade at Eucalyptus Elementary. She later moved to Hawthorne Middle School where she has held three positions: Special Projects Teacher (2006), Assistant Principal (2014) and currently as Principal.  This will be her first year as the principal of Hawthorne Middle School.

Ms. Jones is excited about this school year! She is confident that students will continue to thrive as they are being challenged through rigorous academic programs while gaining exposure to enriching sports, music and theatrical activities. She is ready to continue working with students, parents, teachers and the community in a manner which supports academic success for all students.


For fun, Ms. Jones enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping and visiting national parks.  Ms. Jones has two children ages 23 and 20 who are both in college. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Maui, 3 and Ace, 1. Ms. Jones also has a large frog collection consisting of figurines, bears, stickers and other unique items; stop by her office to see!