Principal's Corner

D.E.S. Principal

My name is Chris Hawkersmith.  I am excited about the 2017-2018 school year.  If you have any questions during this school year, please feel free to contact me via email, phone call, or appt and I will be glad to help.  Your children and their education are vital to our faculty and staff and we appreciate any involvement from parents.  Thank you for your support and i hope to get to know everyone as the year progresses.


My name is Chris Hawkersmith.  This is my 19th year in education.  I spent my first 17 years at North Middle School and am excited to be back this year at Decherd Elementary.  I am a native of Franklin County.  I have been married 15 years to Michelle and have two daughters Chloe and Alyssa.  I also have a step-son Matt. I look forward to another great year and getting to know the students as the year progresses.