|Dr. Sheri L. Miller|
Dear Friends of Hawthorn,
It is an exciting time to step into the role of Executive Director for the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. I am in awe of the progress the school has made the past three years and look forward to working with all stakeholders to lead the school through its next phase of growth and progress.
Going into its fourth year of operation, Hawthorn retains its laser- like focus on preparing our students for college and career readiness through a high-quality, STEM-focused education while also teaching our students the academic behaviors and “habits of mind” necessary to successfully matriculate to and through college or career programming. Through the work of a deeply committed and highly skilled faculty, we have broadened our academic programming model to include AP courses at the high school level, extended our middle and high school TEALS program, and integrated a one-to-one technology model with each student accessing a personal Chromebook as an extension of the high-yield instructional delivery taking place in classrooms.
With the help of our gracious supporters, Hawthorn completed a full renovation of the third floor of our building, which houses our high school. The high school floor includes a makerspace suite where students can design, create, and bring their ideas to life in real time. There is also a state-of-the-art “Hawk’s Nest” which is a customized, independent workspace for high school students equipped with the latest technology for student-led meetings, presentations, and independent study groups.
The blueprint for Hawthorn is being fully realized for students, families, and faculty as we now pivot towards honing our instructional program design to include more STEM-focused courses, deepening our wrap-around supports for students, expanding our partnerships, and maximizing the use of resources to ensure that our students are set up for success. Hawthorn’s customized program offerings, unique partnerships, and student supports allow us to live into our mission. We have broadened partnerships inclusive of mentorships, off-site experiences, and college access programming and tours.
As Hawthorn continues to grow over the next two years to become a 6-12 institution, the support of our families and the broader St. Louis community is vital to our quest to go from great to outstanding as we work towards becoming the most sought-after all-girls school in the state.
Dr. Sheri L. Miller