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A native of Atlanta, Mr. Hawkins began his Latin studies in the seventh grade at The Westminster Schools and has continued his studies in his adulthood. He graduated cum laude from Williams College and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia. He then practiced law for twenty years, first at King & Spalding, then for over a decade in Asia, followed by several years back in Atlanta at The Coca-Cola Company. He taught both at the university level and in law school before joining Atlanta Classical in 2015.

Mr. Hawkins and his wife, Yayoi, have a son, Shin, who attends (and loves) Atlanta Classical Academy. 

The mission of Atlanta Classical Academy is to develop graduates in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.