Principal's Message


    Hello Hawkins Families,
    I am so excited to welcome you to Hawkins Elementary School. My name is
    Chris McAuliffe and I have been in education for 33 years. I started my career
    at a private school teaching 3rd grade, before leaving for two years to work as
    a juvenile probation officer in Detroit. I returned to teaching for the next 10
    years teaching 2nd and 3rd grades in Detroit Public Schools. I then joined
    Oxbow Elementary, in Huron Valley Schools, where I spent 14 years teaching
    3rd and 5th grades. I left Oxbow to pursue my dream of becoming an
    elementary principal, and spent the next two years as the Dean of Students
    and then Assistant Principal at Lakeland High School. I then went back to
    Oxbow as principal.
    On a personal note, I am married with three daughters. My oldest daughter
    graduated from University of Michigan, and is now a cardiac ICU nurse at
    Harper Hospital. At this time she is back in school to become a nurse
    anesthetist. She was the captain of the Michigan Dance Team (you will find
    out quickly I am a HUGE Michigan fan). My middle daughter is a dancer for
    Royal Caribbean. She has been on the ship Quantum of the Seas out of
    Singapore for the last year. My youngest daughter is currently in the police
    academy, and upon completion has been hired by Port Huron Police Dept.
    My wife, Barb, is an Engineering Manager at Fiat Chrysler where she has
    been employed for over 30 years. We have been married for 31 years and are
    now empty nesters. In my free time, I love to build things, and do projects
    around the house. I am a 6-time All American fastpitch softball pitcher, still
    pitching out of Port Huron, and am in the USA softball Hall of Fame. Finally, I
    am a retired Firefighter after 21 years of service, including being a part of a
    search and rescue team that worked at Ground Zero.
    I think you will find me to be fair, consistent and a strong communicator. I will
    always put what is best for the students first. I am all about relationships and
    want to know every child so that I can make sure their needs are met and they
    are getting the best education possible. This will take time, but I hope you will
    see I will start from day one getting to know not only the students, but each of
    you. I plan to be at Hawkins all next week for those of you who would like to
    stop by to meet me, and will look to plan something in the evening once I get
    settled in and learn all the ins and outs of Hawkins life. My door is always
    open to parents; communication is so important. I am excited to become not
    only a part of the Hawkins Family, but also of the Brighton Community.
    Happy to Start Our Journey,
    Chris McAuliffe

    Hawkins Elementary School