Everyday people about town: Crockett Elementary teacher Misty Hawley

Cynthia Reyes
Staff Writer

Misty Hawley is a 3rd grade ELA and social studies teacher at Crockett Elementary in Borger. Misty spent her childhood here in Borger, attended Spring Creek Elementary and Borger Middle School where she played volleyball.

Misty later moved to Mississippi for high school and received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Southern Mississippi in 2014.

“I wanted to be a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in our future and kids are our future,” Misty explains.

There are many things that Misty enjoys about teaching but her favorite is “Seeing the smiles on the students they learn something new!”

Since graduating from college, Misty has spent four years so far working in education. She worked in early education teaching three and four year olds in California before relocating to her hometown of Borger.

“It's exciting to be a part of a school district that is open to finding and trying new ideas. Currently, we have four teachers that have introduced Flexible Seating, which gives our students more options on how they learn. For instance, we have bouncy ball seats and wobble stools which help some students focus and help them learn,” Misty says.

Misty recently received her ESL certification. “Borger encourages most teachers to get ESL certification because so many of our students come from Spanish-speaking households,” she explains, “Currently, there is a huge shortage statewide for ESL certified teachers.”

One thing Misty enjoys about teaching in a small town is the ability to get to know and connect with the students' families. “You get to know the students and then the following year year, you have their siblings, and you already know their parents. That's just something you don't always get working in bigger districts.”

When not teaching or grading a mountain of assignments, Misty enjoys scrap booking and traveling.