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New principal brings experience to Hawthorne Elementary


August 4, 2021

DEBBIE PHILLIPS, who has worked in education for 21 years, has taken the helm as principal at Hawthorne Elementary School. "I'm always looking to see what we can do better," she said. "What's the next thing that we can do to enhance education and see what's around the corner?"

Hawthorne Elementary School has a new principal with multiple decades of education experience.

Debbie Phillips started the job Monday, July 19, six days after arriving from Montana. She replaces Barbi Riggs, who was appointed as the Sweet Home School District's Director of the Teaching and Learning Department.

Her goal as principal is "to work collaboratively with the team at Hawthorne to continue the strong traditions and grow together toward furthering the mission of the Sweet Home School District, to give each child every chance to achieve their potential."

Phillips, 61, grew up in Pratt...

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