BA, Southern Illinois University
MA, National Louis University
Christopher Hawker comes to Wolcott with a varied and diverse background. After graduation from the Film School at Southern Illinois University, he started his own successful film production company, shooting and directing television commercials for clients throughout North America for 20 years.
Not one to remain complacent, Hawker made the life changing decision to “chuck it all”, and become a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. After returning to college as an adult to study life and physical sciences, he received his Masters Degree in Secondary Science Education from National-Louis University, and went on to teach Honors Biology, General Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Research Topics in Science at Niles West High School for 15 years.
With a passion for expanding student access to social justice and equity issues in the sciences, Hawker made the move to become part of the Wolcott learning community, and he is excited and enthusiastic about ways in which students and teachers at Wolcott can use scientific investigation and scientific thinking in order to break down the barriers that seem to divide many of us today.
When not thinking about teaching and learning, Hawker is grateful to spend time with Amy, his lovely wife of 22 years, and his three children. He enjoys chasing grouse and pheasants in the upland woods and fields with his two Brittany pointing dogs, fly fishing for trout in beautiful places, growing heirloom tomatoes and making his own pickles, and cooking beautiful and healthy meals everyday for his family and friends.