May 19, 2016

A Talented Teacher

Equally impressive as her achievements on the softball field and the classroom is the dedication of Laura Hall ’16 to the community beyond the campus.

Laura, a member of the Honors Program who majored in education studies and English, will continue to serve others when she begins her teaching career this fall at an elementary school in eastern North Carolina through Teach for America.

A class she took her sophomore year about cross-cultural education inspired her to work for the past two summers with AmeriCorps, teaching English to children of local refugees and immigrants. She also has tutored the children of two Montagnard families.

“It inspired me to want to make a difference. I realized that what I care about most is helping people. And I love kids,” she said.

“At one apartment complex I worked in, a lot of them were from Nepal. They were constantly engaged and wanted to learn and they would help each other. If a new child moved in, the other kids would automatically form a kind of buddy system and take them in. That was amazing for me to be a part of and see.”

Such opportunities are one of the many reasons Laura chose to attend Guilford.

“I thought I would go to college and learn exactly what I needed for the professional world,” she said. “Instead I gained so many more life experiences than I could even imagine.”

Her other activities and accomplishments shouldn’t be forgotten: Laura received the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016. She graduated with a 3.9 grade point average.