“Your students will remember your smile, your laugh, that you loved them and that they were important,” shared Anna Hall, our Wiregrass Parents Teacher of the Month. “Don’t stress yourself out over the things they won’t remember. Breathe, listen, laugh, and love them. That’s most important.”
Mrs. Hall has been teaching for 26 years and currently teaches second-grade math and science at Holly Hill Elementary. She graduated from Auburn University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. She later pursued her Master’s degree in English as a Second Language at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Mrs. Hall shared that even though it might sound corny, the old saying ‘what a teacher does today, affects tomorrow’ is truly what keeps her motivated to teach. She shares that it is exciting to know something she said, taught, or did could impact tomorrow.
For Mrs. Hall, developing relationships with her students and their families has been the most rewarding aspect of teaching.
“Last year, I had a student whose mother I had taught when she was in third grade,” she said. “Now, this might make me seem really old, but I think it just makes me really blessed!”
“Mrs. Hall is an incredible educator,” said Carlotta Slater-Brion, who has a student in Mrs. Hall’s class. “She sees her students’ strengths and uses those to excel them through math and science.”
Carlotta went on to share, “I’ve seen so many of her past students visit her classroom because she made an impact on them. Mrs. Hall is that teacher who sticks with you even as an adult because she has been celebrating your accomplishments with you since elementary school. Every school needs a Mrs. Hall, and every student deserves a Mrs. Hall.”
This second-grade teacher expressed so much gratitude in regard to being nominated and selected as Teacher of the Month. She went on to say that parents share their most important treasures with her every day and that having the opportunity to share in their child’s life is an honor and a privilege.
“My students have taught me that often the most important lessons don’t come from the curriculum. Many times when we calculate humor, love, fun and laughter into our day it is worth far more than data, standards and deadlines,” said Mrs. Hall. “They have taught me to appreciate the personal moments and special times and not to let the hurried frenzy of educational requirements overshadow what’s truly important….the joy of childhood.”
Anna is married to her childhood best friend, Mike Hall. They are both natives of Enterprise. Anna has two daughters, Kate (23) and Beth (19), and Mike has three sons, Aubrey (28), Connor (26), and Bryce (24). They enjoy spending time with family, playing with their pups and traveling! Anna’s hobbies include reading, spending time at the beach and makeup consulting.