Fine Arts Teacher Wins Grant

Burt Hazelwood (Foundation Vice-Chair),
Jeff Hall, Pat Taylor (former
Coordinator of Curriculum)
MLWGS Fine Arts Department Chair “Coach” Jeff Hall received the first annual Patricia E. Taylor Teaching Award for International Experiences (Taylor Teaching Award). This award is a cash grant of up to $7,500 to a Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government & International Studies (MLWGS) teacher for a summer international travel experience that will have a direct impact upon his or her classroom instruction.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have a school community that places a high value on professional development, especially as it pertains to international experiences,” said Director Jeff McGee. “Jeff Hall is a fantastic representative of our staff and a worthy recipient of this award.”

Coach Hall will use his Taylor Teaching Award this summer to travel to Istanbul, Berlin, and Venice, where he will explore the political role of art in the past and present. At the beginning of the next school year, Coach Hall will present to his MLWGS colleagues on the educational experience and how it will be integrated into his classroom.

The Taylor Teaching Award is presented by the Governor’s School Foundation, whose mission is to seek “charitable contributions to enhance the educational experience of the school’s exceptional students.”

The award is named after Patricia E. Taylor, one of the founding teachers at the school and a former curriculum coordinator and math department chair.