MRS. ALABAMA AMERICA®
Mary Hall grew up in Moody, Alabama, and graduated from Moody High School in 1995. She now resides in Pelham with her husband, Drew and fur baby, Chloe’.
Mary graduated Cum Laude from Mississippi State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood/elementary education with a generalist middle school endorsement. While at Mississippi State, Mary was a feature baton twirler for the Famous Maroon Band, a member of Chi Omega Sorority, and was selected as a member of Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. She later graduated with her Master of Arts degree in school counseling from Jacksonville State University where she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota counseling honor society and received the “Student of the Year Award” for her master’s program. Mary is currently a member of the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) as well as the Alabama School Counseling Association (ALSCA) where she serves on the professional development committee.
Mary worked as a general education teacher for seventeen years, and now works as a school counselor for the Shelby County School District. She serves two elementary schools: Shelby Elementary and Wilsonville Elementary. As a school counselor, Mary educates and counsels children by providing monthly whole-class character development lessons, small group sessions, and individual sessions. Mary advocates for children through her work with other school personnel, parents along with her partnerships with various community agencies such as the Shelby Baptist Association, Oak Mountain Missions, Vineyard Family Services, and Restoring Hope Counseling Service.
Promoting student leadership is very important to Mary. She coordinates the Wildcat Welcome Team in both of her schools. Student members of this team work as hosts/hostesses at various school events along with acting as mentors to students who are new to the school. Mary educates and promotes student leadership through the schoolwide Leader in Me campaign. Leader in Me is based on the principles aligned with Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. These are principles and paradigms are designed to help people discover their personal leadership abilities and foster a well-balanced lifestyle. This fall, Mary will be launching Bully Buster’s (anti bullying organization) along with the Wildcat PALS (Peer Assisting LeaderS) which will allow older students to serve as mentors to younger students. These two organizations will provide students with more leadership opportunities. In addition to this, Mary works to promote simple Randmon Acts of Kindness through daily kindness challenges. Creating and maintaining a positive culture in her schools is extremely important to Mary. She believes that children can truly be their very best if they are in an environment that is safe, positive, and accepting to everyone.
Mary’s passion is to promote mental health awareness in our schools. Many children suffer from various mental health issues that interfere with their overall quality of life. In this day and age, children deal with so many circumstances that contribute to mental issues such as increased anxiety and depression; which can lead to thoughts and acts of harm to self or others. Many of them need additional resources such as in home counseling services and medical care in order to be successful. As Mrs. Alabama, she will continue to be an advocate for children so they will reach their full potential and become successful members of their community.
In addition to being a school counselor, Mary works as a teacher for the summer learning program at the Children’s Fresh Air Farm in Bluff Park. This program is a ministry of Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. It serves inner city children of Birmingham who are in rising third, fourth, and fifth grades. During the school year, these children are a part of the SAIL tutoring program. While at the farm, the children are able to work on important reading and math skills, receive character education, participate in various enrichment activities, and grow more knowledgeable about key Bible stories through participation in daily chapel services. Through her work, Mary strives to help these children increase their confidence and skill level regarding their academics, build their character and sense of resilience, as well as further develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.