Friday, December 10, 2021
A lifetime of service to Milwaukee Public Schools students has led to an extraordinary honor at George Washington Carver Academy. This week, in a formal dedication ceremony, the school library was renamed in honor of Joyce A. Hall, a teacher and volunteer for nearly 60 years. Hall and her family were in attendance as local dignitaries paid tribute to her career and her commitment.
Hall began working for MPS in 1955 and retired in 1994 after 36 years of working in the district. For more than 30 of those years, she followed her passion as a full-time reading teacher. After retirement, her love of teaching led to her serving as a volunteer reading tutor for more than 20 years. Carver Principal Kristin Hinds estimated that Hall has impacted more than 2,000 students.
Now age 90, Hall last tutored at Carver in early 2020, but she and her family were on hand to celebrate the honor along with representatives from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers' office, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's office, and the Milwaukee Common Council. Also attending were members of MPS senior leadership, the Greater Milwaukee Urban League, and The Milwaukee Times. Representatives from St. Benedict the Moor Parish and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., also lent their support.
“As a city and as a school district, we have all been enriched by the dedication and commitment shown by Joyce,” said Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley. “Naming the library for her is a well-deserved honor, and will inspire students and staff for many years to come.”
George Washington Carver Academy serves children in kindergarten through grade 8 and is located at 1900 N. 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53212. For information about the school, visit https://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/Schools/Carver-Academy.htm or call (414)267-0500.