Staff Spotlight: Ms. Hall
Cristo Rey Richmond would not be able to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service without our dedicated and passionate faculty & staff. In an effort to recognize our educators, we will begin a series of Faculty & Staff Spotlights!
Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Richmond, Virginia
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school? And why?
A: History was always my favorite subject. I’m not really sure why I was drawn to History so much, I just found it interesting. I’ve always enjoyed learning about different cultures, events, and people from around the globe.
Q: Where did you go to college? And, what did you study there?
A: I received my Bachelors from Virginia Commonwealth University. I entered college thinking Psychology was the major for me but it wasn’t the best fit. I ended up switching my major to Social Work and minoring in Psychology. There was no way I was letting those credits go to waste. Currently, I’m attending Virginia Union University for my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Urban Education. Fingers crossed , I will be finished with my degree come December.
Q: What is your favorite part about working at CRR?
A: While I am not a teacher, I do consider myself a teacher of life. In many ways I relate to our students more than they realize. I’ve grown up in similar areas, I’ve worked with many organizations they are familiar with, and I understand some of the struggles they are going through. Being a student is one thing but carrying the future of your family at 14 is another. It’s tough being strong and responsible at 14 in the classroom, with your teammates and also at home. Our scholars are wise beyond their years and sometimes the pressure of it all can be overwhelming. I am always willing to be their cheerleader and listening ear. Ms. Hall is always here whenever they need a pick me up or a few words of encouragement!
Q: What does the “Cristo Rey Way” mean to you??
A: I believe the Cristo Rey Way is all about believing in yourself and one another . It’s a simple phrase but can be the hardest thing to do sometimes. It’s easy to get lost in doubt, but here at Cristo Rey we try to build that army of support where doubt and self loathing is incapable of surviving. I’ve seen and heard many of our students saying in the hallways ” Do we need our Bible’s today?” or “Hey , don’t forget your binder for Mrs. Price” . Everyone is constantly looking out for one another because we truly believe that our students are capable of exceeding their potential. It’s important for our students to know how special they are , but it’s even more important for them to believe it . That’s why we’re here.
Q: What is your favorite memory at CRR so far?
A: My favorite memory at Cristo Rey lies somewhere between 1) Ms. Powers surprising everyone by killing the worm and 2) being completely obliterated by 14-year-olds during a dodge ball tournament. I don’t think any of us have recovered from the blows Carrington dealt.
Q: What advice do you have for CRR students as they continue to focus on getting to and through college?
A: Ask questions and don’t be afraid to branch out and expand . You’re not alone and I promise there are plenty people out there in similar situations like yourselves that have gone on to college and became successful. Do not let your fears hold you back. Be brave, be the only friend that goes to the Art School when all of your others friend didn’t. You would be surprised at all of the new connections and friends you would make. None of you are alone in your journeys, take advantage of the opportunities given to you and use them to your advantage. You have a village behind you so don’t be afraid to lean on it.