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Dr. Betty Jo Hall posthumously honored

The late Dr. Betty Jo Hall has been honored posthumously with a lifetime achievement award from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, according to reports.

Hall served a number of years as superintendent of the Abbeville County School District before her tragic death in a motor vehicle accident in August of last year.

Abbeville County School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Fowler teamed up with Sally Cooke of Abbeville to compile the nomination.

Hall was truly a beloved figure in Abbeville County.

She and her husband Wally were accomplished dancers, and they were members of a shaggers hall of fame.

Blessed with a radiant personality, Betty Jo was a veteran educator.

Hall was one of four leaders from throughout the state selected by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

"These leaders have dedicated their lives to educating South Carolina's children, serving their communities and providing an example for those who aspire to lead," SCASA reported.

Hall was "revered across the state by educators, stakeholders in her community, and all employees in the Abbeville County School District," SCASA said.

Dr. Hall was a doer and one who didn't seek praise and acknowledgement for seeking to 'Put Students First.'

The educator was always the first to congratulate students and staff on their achievements, and to motivate others, and the first "to find a way to make the unthinkable, thinkable."

"Dr. Hall was known for her effervescent and contagious spirit and she brought out the best in others," SCASA said.

She was recognized by SCASA as South Carolina Administrator of the Year in 2017.

"Dr. Hall believed in leading by example and she had a personality bigger than life; once someone knew Dr. hall, they knew her for life. Dr. Hall was a powerful advocate for the Abbeville County School District, the state and the education profession."

After Dr. Hall's death, the Abbeville County Industry Education Week 2019 was named in her honor.

And earlier this year, Dr. Wally Hall, Betty Jo's husband, presented the Dr. Betty Jo Moore Hall Putting Students First Scholarship to Ayden Bernard, a member of the AHS Class of 2020.

Abbeville County School District, in partnership with Freshwater Coast Community Foundation (FCCF), established the memorial scholarship to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Betty Jo Moore Hall.

SCASA is the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, with a membership of more than 4,500.

The late Dr. Betty Jo Hall dancing with her husband, Dr. Wally Hall, for Abbeville County students in the classroom.
Dr. Betty Jo and her husband Wally dancing for an Abbeville classroom audience.

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