Henry County Early Childhood Center Principal Stephanie Melton said that Hawkins’ love for her students was apparent in every aspect of her work with them.
“Melisa is very dedicated. She was always there, ready to make it a good day for her children,” Melton said. “The smile on her face helped put a smile on everyone else’s face. After you talked to Melisa, you couldn’t help but have a smile on your face.
Hawkins said she had good relationships with her former students and is sometimes pleasantly surprised when they approach her with a kind word. She said she’ll miss being with the children every day and with her co-workers.
“Each one of them touched my heart differently,” Hawkins said. “I will absolutely miss them, but maybe I can come back for visits.”
Although she’ll miss her time with HCPS’ preschool children, Hawkins looks forward to spending more time with her own grandchildren, and doing more traveling and maybe even remodeling her home in her retirement.
“Her love for the children and her enthusiasm each day made the children excited to see Mrs. Hawkins and to look forward to coming back the next day,” Melton said. “She will certainly be missed at preschool by the children and the staff. We’re grateful for her dedication to this county’s children over the years, and we wish her all the best in her retirement.”