Our mission at Hawthorne Elementary is to prepare our students to become life long learners through the pursuit of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help them deal with the challenges of an ever-changing world. At Hawthorne school the teachers, parents and support staff work together to build a strong and purposeful school community that promotes teaching and learning in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. Our school promotes academic excellence, student achievement and best teaching practices in an atmosphere that is built on mutual respect, sharing, trust, cooperation, professionalism and collegiality. Based on our calling to this noble profession, the educational profession, we desire and expect students to become dynamic learners and productive citizens. We acknowledge and accept our students as unique human beings with the capacity to learn and achieve.
By setting high academic standards for each of our students, we give them the opportunity to become successful and understand that learning is a life long process.
Dear Families of the Hawthorne Park School Community,
I would like to take this time to introduce myself as the new Principal of Hawthorne Park Elementary School. I am very excited to have been assigned to this position. I became an educator because I wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of children. My number one goal is to develop a school that values the highest quality of education, respects the uniqueness of all students and works to provide them a safe and nurturing environment, where they can be motivated to reach their fullest potential. As the instructional leader of Hawthorne, my primary focus is to increase student achievement by supporting students, teachers, and parents. I believe that it is my duty to create an environment that provides all students the opportunity to master essential skills, become problem solvers and independent thinkers. You can rest assure that I am working hard to make Hawthorne Park Elementary a place where students learn and where they will enjoy coming.
I hold a Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. I am also proud to say that I have been an employee of the Willingboro Public School District for over 10 years. During my tenure, I have worked as a grade teacher, Instructional Support Teacher and as an Assistant Principal. My experiences as a teacher and Instructional Support Teacher span both the primary and intermediate grades. As a grade teacher at Twin Hills Elementary School, I taught grades 4, 5 and 6. One of the most memorable moments I have as an educator is when I was recognized as Teacher of the Year by my colleagues at Twin Hills. As an Instructional Support Teacher at Bookbinder Elementary, I had the opportunity to work with students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Those experiences have helped me to learn a variety of educational strategies that I know will help me in my new position as Principal.
As an Assistant Principal, I held positions at Memorial Middle School and most recently at Levitt Middle School. While I was in those positions, I was instrumental in initiating activities that helped to shift the school’s climate and improve student learning. Those administrative experiences taught me a great deal about school management and creating educationally rich school environments.
I am confident that working with the excellent staff and the wonderful families of Hawthorne Park Elementary, we will accomplish great things.
Mr. Dumar Burgess