An educator for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District has been named one of the 40 Under 40 by the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. Amber Hawk the principal at the Little Cypress Elementary School was recently named to the prestigious honor roll.
Hawk expressed her reaction of hearing she was named to that selective group of young professionals. “I was very honored, it is very humbling to be selected,” Hawk admitted. “It was a surprise, I knew I had been nominated but I know that there are hundreds of people who are so I was very honored to be selected.”
Working in education for twelve years, Amber has been a principal the last two years. She has also served with the Junior League of Beaumont and is a volunteer at her church in Beaumont. Hawk responded, “I’m very hopeful in my new position to continue to help southeast Texas succeed.”
When Hawk came over to the Little Cypress-Mauriceville (LC-M) district she shared she does not have a ten-year plan or for even five years, Amber is still setting goals for her future. “I’m always just looking at the next opportunity that opens up to continue to work in southeast Texas and my goal is to help students and staff members be the best they can be and to serve them,” Hawk confessed. “I’m very excited to be here a part of LC-M and now I don’t want to be any other place.”
Being a teacher, serving as a principal, and just leading others in those roles, Amber has some recommendations for young people to achieve success like she has. First on the list of suggestions is education, and she believes we are all lifelong learners and has adopted that philosophy personally.
Hawk’s goal is to continue to grow and currently is in the Reading Academy program as part of her leadership with the LC-M school district. She is also involved in Texas Instructional Leadership a new program being rolled out to increase the level of instruction on the school campus.
The possibility of becoming a school district superintendent one day is in Amber’s future, and she is continuing to work towards her superintendent certification and doctorate just not this year. “I take one day at a time, I’m just increasing my leadership potential and growing every day,” Hawk responded.
There were some closing thoughts from Amber. “I am very thankful to be serving here in Orange, and my goal is to be a servant leader, I want to be out there on the front lines with my people in the trenches with them and hoping to make the best every day for staff and for students here at Little Cypress Elementary,” Hawk concluded.
The Southeast Texas Young Professionals Organization and the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce will recognize the honorees at the 2021 Southeast Texas 40 Under 40 Celebration on Thursday, November 11. The ceremony will be 5:30-7:30 PM at the MCM Elegante’ Hotel and Conference Center in Beaumont.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT