Todd Hawley, 43, of Davenport, will join the Camanche School District as the new middle shool principal this fall.
Todd was raised in Wilton and participated in many extra-curricular activities. In an e-mail interview, he said he believes living in a smaller community afforded him the ability to be active in fine arts and sports.
Todd attended Muscatine Community College and completed his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Northern Iowa. He did not actually decide to go into education until his junior year of college. Todd said he had always enjoyed theater and traveling to the western states with his grandfather.
“It was always exciting to stand in the exact places that history took place and I wanted to create that passion and excitement for students,” Todd said.
He said a couple of his teachers inspired him in history and theater and his mother encouraged him in the direction of education.
Todd began his educational career at a middle school in Texas. He and his family then moved back to Iowa to be closer to family. Todd and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 17 years and have a daughter, Lauren, who will be a junior in high school.
Todd received a special education degree from Western Illinois University and taught special education for eight years at the elementary and high school level in the Pleasant Valley School system. He moved to the Davenport schools in 2002 and taught history.
He was also the Fellowship of Christian Athletes coordinator. He then began moving into administrative positions. He became the Dean of Students for Davenport Central in 2008. Since 2009, he has been the assistant principal at Davenport’s alternative high school.
“I have always wanted to help students and the positions that I have had allowed me to have a positive impact on families, students and staff,” Todd said.
“I have some great mentors to work for and they have guided and encouraged me to pursue the administration path. That career choice has allowed me to have greater impact and a larger circle of influence.”
Todd recently applied for the Camanche Middle School principal position, following the departure of Phil Cochran. He said he decided to apply because he believes the school district values education.
He also liked the smaller community atmosphere, which he valued from his childhood. Todd is looking forward to working with “a committed staff, dedicated students and a community that cares about education.”
He said he believed the current building updates are a direct reflection of the community’s involvement and support.
“I believe I will continue to uphold the traditions Camanche already has in place, foster positive relationships between school and home, as well as inspire students to reach their highest potential,” Todd said.
Todd is excited to start his new position and would like to thank the Camanche community for the opportunity. He said he looks forward to building rewarding relationships with the staff, students and community.