HCSD Teachers Named C.W. Davis Scholars

Congratulations to Alicia Johnson and Michelle Seabolt, two Hall County teachers who have been named C.W. Davis Scholars and will receive $500 scholarships towards their pursuit of advanced degrees. The North Georgia Community Foundation administers the C.W. Davis Scholarship, which is in honor of the distinguished life and career of C.W. Davis. Mr. Davis attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia and was named principal of the original Flowery Branch High School in 1953. In 1960, he founded the Lanierland Basketball Tournament, which continues to this day.

After serving as principal of South Hall High School, he became superintendent of Hall County Schools from 1977 – 1983. C.W. Davis Middle School was named in his honor in 1999. The C.W. Davis Scholarship has been established in his honor to assist current Hall County teachers as they pursue an advanced degree and life-long career in education.

The 2019 C.W. Davis Scholars are:

Alicia Johnson – Chicopee Woods Elementary

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Alicia Johnson teaches first grade at Chicopee Woods Elementary School. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree at Piedmont College. In her application she stated, “I am a teacher because I love children and want to make a difference in their lives, and I love learning. Teaching allows me to do what I love to do every day. I wake up each morning remembering the responsibilities I have as a teacher and do my job with passion. I try not to take one day for granted as I remember the words from Larry Bell: Even on your worst day, you are still some child’s best hope. I teach because it matters.

I teach because I love. I teach because it is a calling. I teach because I had a GREAT teacher when I was in school that I looked up to and wanted to be just like. I teach to open doors. And by furthering my education, I am able to gain more wisdom and skills to use in my own classroom with my students, parents, planning lessons, sharing with colleagues, and guiding teachers I mentor to pass the love of learning on to the next generation.”

Michelle Seabolt – Johnson High School

Michelle Seabolt teaches special education at Johnson High School. She is attending Piedmont College to earn her Specialist’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She described her reasons for pursuing a higher degree: “Education is the foundation of our children’s success. I am an educator because I want to see all students overcome obstacles and become successful, in whatever avenue allows them to best live up to their own capabilities. After watching my own children who struggle with learning disabilities and agonize over the constant pressure of being successful and measuring up to their peers, I knew my heart was to help them and others like them gain confidence in their own abilities.

I strive daily to help my students overcome everyday challenges and find the success that they thought would never come. I feel that by expanding my degree, doors will be opened that will allow me to continue to make a difference in not only students’ lives but the lives of other educators as well. Getting an education is a lifelong process, and I want to continue my education so I can help pave the way for a brighter future for not only my students but for education as well.”

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The Hall County School Board will recognize our 2019 Davis Scholars at the May 20 board meeting. The Board meeting will be held at 5:00 PM in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary at 751 Green St, Gainesville, GA.

 

North Georgia Community Foundation

C.W. DAVIS SCHOLARSHIP

FOR HALL COUNTY TEACHERS

The C.W. Davis Teacher Scholarship is in honor of the distinguished educational career of C. W. Davis. Mr. Davis attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia and was named principal of the original Flowery Branch High School in 1953. In 1960, he founded the Lanierland Basketball Tournament, which continues to this day. After serving as principal of South Hall High School, he became superintendent of Hall County Schools from 1977 – 1983. C.W. Davis Middle School was named in his honor in 1999. The C.W. Davis Scholarship has been established in his honor to assist current Hall County teachers as they pursue an advanced degree and life-long career in education.

The North Georgia Community Foundation administers the C.W. Davis Scholarship. Hall County teachers who are named as Davis Scholars will receive a non-renewable award towards the pursuit of an advanced degree, payable to the college or university.

A selection committee, including a Davis family member, a Hall County School System administrator and a Hall County School System retiree, screen and evaluate applications for the C.W. Davis Scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be Hall County teachers who have completed between 3 – 7 years of teaching
  • Teachers must plan to remain in an education-related field and must be accepted into or already be enrolled in an education graduate degree program at Brenau University, Georgia State University, Piedmont College, the University of Georgia, or the University of North Georgia