Faculty Update – Mrs. Jodie Hawthorne, Behavior and Learning Coordinator

New Covenant School, as with many other schools, has seen a rise in our students and potential students who have been diagnosed with special needs. This could range from ADHD, dyslexia, Autism, or sensory processing concerns. New Covenant has hired Mrs. Jodie Hawthorne as our Behavior and Learning Coordinator to help with this growing need in our community.

family pictureAs a classical Christian school, we have high and sometimes rigorous standards for our students and classes. Our desire is help students with certain special needs to be able to meet our standards. There are often simple accommodations we are able to implement to assist students reach our objectives. Mrs. Hawthorne has been brought on staff to help manage our students with special needs and their accommodations. She is also assisting in accepting of new students to make sure we, as a school, can meet their needs.

Mrs. Hawthorne is a native of Seneca, SC.  She grew up in Seneca and graduated from Seneca High School in 2000.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (with a minor in Early Intervention) from Clemson University in 2004.  During her time at Clemson, she worked as a summer camp counselor at Camp Hope at the Clemson Outdoor Lab.  Camp Hope is a summer camp for children and adults with special needs.  After graduating from Clemson, Jodie attended East Carolina University, where she earned a double Master’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling and Clinical Counseling.  She worked in a substance abuse facility for 1 1/2 years, but realized her true desire and passion was to work with children with special needs.

Upon returning to Seneca, Jodie started working as an Early Interventionist, a position she held for 7 years.  She moved from being an Early Interventionist to becoming a case manager for the SC Autism Society, where she is currently.  She has worked with children and adults with special needs for over 11 years.  She loves working with children with special needs and knows this is what God has called her to do.  She looks forward to working with the families at New Covenant School.

Jodie has been married to the love of her life, Jamie, for 6 years.  They have one daughter.   Jodie also teaches several Induro Cycle Classes at the Anderson Area YMCA.  In her spare time, she enjoys anything involving Clemson sports, reading, and spending time with her family.

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Jodie Hawthorne to our school’s staff!