About me

My name is Jo Hawke, and I’ve been an English and journalism teacher since 1997. I have a Master’s degree in adult and preK-12 TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Regent University and have my ESL (English as a Second Language) certification. I’m currently working on my Reading Specialist and Special Education endorsements via Regent’s graduate school and am seriously considering studying linguistics, literacy, and culture in a doctoral program afterward.

I’ve been teaching English at George Washington High School, in Danville, Virginia, since 2005. I’ve been teaching primarily 9th- and 10th-grade English for many years now. My first two years at GW, I also advised The Chatterbox student newsmagazine. My third year, I worked at the Langston campus. My first six years of teaching were in Henry County, Virginia, where I taught all levels of English and advised the yearbook and newspaper staffs at Laurel Park High School, now a middle school.

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
“King of the Blues,” B.B. King

I’m a graduate of both Danville Community College and Averett University, where I received an AAS in Liberal Arts and a BA in English, Journalism, and Communications, respectively.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons, as well as reading, writing, traveling, and singing. I started singing with local bands when I was about eleven, and I’ve done a lot of recording, as well. Mr. (Kevin) Hawke and I still write and record music fairly frequently, and play out for actual audiences on occasion.

If you have any questions or comments (or find any broken links or typos on the site), please e-mail me at mrshawke(at)gmail.com or use my contact form. :)

About this site

mrshawke-dot-com was created primarily as a resource for my students and their parents. I wanted to have a place online where I could post my policies and guidelines, which could also serve to open up discussion and learning among my students. Also, I wanted to be able to share the teaching materials and other resources that I’ve developed with other educators.

mrshawke.com v.1 screenshotIn its first incarnation, the site was my first XHTML/CSS project. I used a free template and changed it like crazy until I was satisfied. Even though I already knew HTML, it was a huge undertaking since CSS was a foreign language (quite literally) to me at the time. It took forever to make sense out of that code, but I was diligent, and it paid off.

Once I’d completed a number of sites and had a more thorough working knowledge of CSS, I was aghast at the code I’d created. Yuck! It was so messy and inconsistent. (Of course, many further-advanced-than-I Web developers could possibly react similarly to my current level of coding. :P If you are one of these, please let me in on the secret handshake and all that jazz. ;))

If you experience any difficulties using this Web site, please let me know! It is my sincere desire to make the Web a better, more accessible place, and that begins right here at home. :)


Everything here — photographs, writing, graphics, etc. — is copyright © Viable Design, all rights reserved. Infringement of this copyright notice will be investigated and legal action will be pursued.

The exception to this rule is the bulk of my teaching resources, which are (unless otherwise noted) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. This license allows download, use, and redistribution — as long as it’s done noncommercially. Attribution is a part of this license; however, unless otherwise noted, I do not require any attribution for these materials.


Certain information, such as your IP address, is collected from your computer as you access this Web site. Also, my site may at times place cookies on your computer for ease of use and recall of information.

However, I will NEVER allow anyone else access to your information. Nor will I publish your information (including your e-mail address, which is required for posting comments). Internet privacy is a matter of extreme importance to me, so you can rest assured that your information is safe here.

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