As Chief Financial Officer and Founding Partner of Leadership Partners, Cecilia Hawkins helps lead a network of passionate and creative entrepreneurs; both the administrative participants in the program as well as the local practitioners and national thought leaders who guide the dialogue. Together, they challenge each other to be catalysts for change in education.
Prior to joining Leadership Partners, Cecilia served as Deputy Superintendent in Humble ISD. In the role of both Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent for over nine years, Cecilia supervised district campus administrators and managed the district’s short-term and long-term strategic planning and program development. As the District’s lead representative of the High Schools of the Future Task Force, Cecilia led district and community efforts to design, develop and build high school campuses. Early in her career in Humble ISD, Cecilia led the District’s literacy, early childhood, and gifted and talented programs. In 2010, Dr. Hawkins worked with the Humble High School leadership team to secure the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for the school. In 2012 Cecilia worked with the Humble High School feeder schools to secure the prestigious International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and Primary Years Program distinctions. Cecilia also served as the principal of Quest High School (now Quest Early College HS) – the district’s research and development school.
After serving as Deputy Superintendent, Cecilia Hawkins became part of the faculty for the Rice University Education Entrepreneurial Program (REEP) in July 2012. During her time with REEP, Cecilia worked in the roles of Field Advisor, Executive Coach, Summer Institute facilitator and she has co-taught Fellowship classes with REEP staff. Cecilia’s areas of expertise include leadership development, strategic planning, budget and program development, and community engagement. Previously, Cecilia worked as an adjunct professor in the Education Leadership Department for the University of Houston.
Cecilia has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Houston, a Master of Education Administration from New Mexico State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology from the University of Texas El Paso.