We are pleased to introduce our November Alumnus of the Month, Tavoris Hall! It was great catching up with Tavoris, who graduated from Jacksonville High School in 2010, and
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2015. While in college, he joined the Army National Guard and earned his degree in Elementary Education.
Tavoris has achieved great success as an educator, and he still recalls how FOCUS
impacted his life in such a positive way by instilling values such as respect, accountability, and responsible decision making. In turn, his goal is to impact his students in the same
way. As a fourth grade teacher in Dallas, Texas, he strives to instill positivity within his classroom. Tavoris reminds young people to “be kind to yourself and other people because when you put out good energy in this world, it’s going to come back to you.”
Maya Angelou’s famous words, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” is a quote that Tavoris lives by daily. Tavoris became a teacher because “I had some great teachers in my life who impacted me for the better. I want to be that teacher who impacts students in a positive way inside and outside of the classroom.”
Tavoris is most definitely impacting his students in a positive way by making them feel special. In fact, it has something to do with his weekly attire. Every Tuesday he wears a tie, and a student asked if he was going to church after work. Mr. Hall explained that a man wears bow ties to work, church, dates, dinner or interviews. His inquisitive students seemed interested, so he asked how many of them would wear a bow tie if he bought one for them. They all eagerly raised their hands, so he made the purchase. The rest is history, and now Mr. Hall’s students love wearing them every Bow Tie Tuesday!
Congratulations, Tavoris! We appreciate your service to our country and your continued
dedication to young people. We know you will continue to Make A Difference!