Two Hall County teachers - one from Chestatee High School and one from Johnson High School have been named C.W. Davis Scholars for 2017.
The Hall County School District made the public announcement Friday about Chantelle Grace and Chris Skogsberg.
According to a statement from the District, Grace teaches U. S. History at Chestatee High School. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice at the University of Georgia. In her application she stated, “I want to help my students and guide them in their personal growth so they can reach their fullest potential. As a social studies teacher, I even want to help my students discover an inner passion for history and realize how interconnected it is to their lives today. I hope that one day I inspire my students the same way they inspire and motivate me to be the best I can be every single day.”
Chris Skogsberg teaches IB Math and AP Calculus at Johnson High School. She is attending the University of North Georgia to earn a Specialist of Education degree in Educational Leadership. She described her philosophy of teaching: “Education is not passing a class. Neither is education meeting a standardized test score. These are the methods with which some choose to measure achievement, but it is not education. Education should be lifelong. I believe that learning starts with the curiosity inherent in everyone. When curiosity is reinforced in a positive manner, learning becomes fulfilling. If learning continues to be fulfilling, then those who learn will do it their whole life. This learning cannot be limited to the standards and curriculums that currently exist. Education must also be about problem solving in work, play, relationships, and several other aspects of modern life, so that society is able to grow and adapt to future challenges.”
Both educators will be recognized at the Hall County School Board meeting on May 22 at 5 p.m. in the First Baptist Church Chapel on Green Street in Gainesville.
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. Davis was the former principal of the original Flowery Branch High School, the founding principal of South Hall High, the former superintendent of Hall County Schools and the founder of the Lanierland Basketball Tournament.