About Mrs. Kakanis

Phone: 903-668-5990 x4040


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science degree in Physics with dual concentrations in astronomy and teaching Physics; minor in mathematics and secondary education. Praxis Certified to teach Physics and High School Mathematics Texas Certified to teach Physical Science

Mrs. Hilary Kakanis

I started teaching at Hallsville High School in the fall of 2012. I teach AP-Physics 1, on-level physics, and astronomy.

Random things about me:

--I was born near Toronto, Ontario Canada! We moved when I was seven to the United States (Georgia, then Tennessee) but some of my pronunciation still comes out "Canadian".

--I went to college in Tennessee, at Middle Tennessee State University, where I met my husband; I came to Texas when he got a job as the Catering Director at East Texas Baptist University; he has since moved on from his job, but we stayed in Hallsville because I love Hallsville High!

--I am currently pursuing my Masters in Physics with a concentration in physics education at Texas A&M University at Commerce.

--I am the UIL Science Coach; I started in the fall of 2019 and am still getting the hang of things, but I'm excited about getting involved in UIL!

--I run the Astronomy Club after school; I love astronomy - specifically planetary astronomy and constellation mythology.

--I run the Anime Club after school; I really enjoy anime and have been an avid fan since my middle school days! My favorite show was (and still is) Sailor Moon, but I'm loving the series that the anime club is bringing to my attention!

--For the 2019-2020 school year, I was the pinch-hit sponsor of the D&D club at school, but fall 2020 I handed it back to Mr. Dulaney. I still like the fantasy role-play aspect and love high fantasy books and novels, so I'm up for conversations about D&D! (Just... I may still be a little iffy on the mechanics).

--My hobbies include creative writing and playing videogames - JRPGs are my favorite, with Final Fantasy XIV (the open-world MMORPG) being my main game nowadays.

--I have 4 cats, 2 dogs, and a snake - her name is Rosie and she is a Surnam Red-tail Boa Constrictor! She occasionally shows up during finals week, :)