About Me

Hi and welcome! I am a California native, raised in San Jose. While attending BYU-Provo, I was charmed by an Idaho farm boy named Rick Hawker. We married in the Oakland Temple and settled in San Jose (later moving to Morgan Hill) to raise our family. Having spent many years as a stay-at-home mom to my great kids (two sons and two daughters), I went back to school and graduated with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Communication Studies from San Jose State University.

Now, for over 20 years, I've been an instructor at San Jose State. Courses I currently teach: Argumentation & Advocacy, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Communication and Human Relationships, Public Speaking, and Writing for Influence. I've also taught "Strengthening Marriage and Family" through LDS Social Services.

My children are all married to awesome people and reside in Utah. I love being a grandmother to four adorable granddaughters and three very handsome grandsons---and another one on the way. I take great joy in being a mom, grandmom, and wife to a wonderful man.