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Long time educator set to retire

<p>Vicki Hall</p>

Vicki Hall

Vicki Hall, Greenwood School District assistant superintendent of professional development and curriculum, will retire June 30.

She’ll be greatly missed across the region, Greenwood Superintendent John Ciesla said.

Hall taught at Ashdown, Hartford and Mansfield schools for 14 years, served as Hackett Elementary principal for two years, Mansfield assistant superintendent for five years, Westside superintendent for four years and Greenwood assistant superintendent for three years. She tendered her resignation at the Feb. 13 Greenwood School Board meeting.

Hall has been instrumental in implementing at Greenwood the state’s Teacher Excellence and Support System and the state’s school Leader Excellence and Development System, Ciesla said. She also laid the foundation for the district’s smooth transition to the Common Core State Standards, he said.

“Change can often be difficult, and Dr. Hall has been a stabilizing force for our district during this time of transition,” Ciesla said.

Ciesla said student-centered Hall filters all her decisions from the students’ perspective. “She always asks, ‘Is this decision best for kids?’” he said.

Hall said she has been honored to serve Arkansas students for 28 years and has made lifelong friends.

Hall said she thinks the Greenwood School District is well prepared to implement Common Core, and she noted the overwhelming support the community provides to meet student needs.

Hall holds bachelor’s degrees in elementary education from Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a doctorate in educational administration from the UA.

She holds memberships in several professional organizations, including Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and National Scholars Honor Society.

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