Steve Hall was among 34 school and district leaders from across the state to graduate from the first cohort of the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA) Aspiring Superintendents Program.
Hall was born and raised in Surry County. He went through the Surry County School system and later began working as a custodian at J. Sam Gentry Middle School for almost eight years. Hall went back to college at night to obtain his teaching degree and taught at Cedar Ridge Elementary School and then back to J. Sam Gentry Middle to teach Math and Science for four years. He’s been an Assistant Principal at West Stokes High School, Principal of the Stokes Early College, and Principal of Piney Grove Middle School and is currently principal of Piney Creek Elementary School in Alleghany County.
“The program is designed to support the growth, expansion and enhancement of school and district leaders in the leadership positions they currently occupy while providing high-quality professional development to increase their knowledge base about the skills and dispositions needed by future superintendents,” said Jack Hoke, program coordinator and the executive director of the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association.
The North Carolina Aspiring Superintendents’ Program is a customized leadership development program targeting selected district leaders and principals who have demonstrated outstanding success in their administrative roles and who aspire to the superintendency in North Carolina. Offered through the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development, the Aspiring Superintendents’ Program seeks to prepare future superintendents by enhancing their technical skills, including skills for “surviving” in the superintendency, along with 21st Century contemporary personal leadership and development skills. In addition to multiple face-to-face leadership development sessions, an Executive Coaching component is embedded in the program.
Hoke said of Hall, “Mr. Hall developed a strong network of school and district leaders to consult with, and he contributed to the discussions on emerging issues and innovative practices occurring in the Alleghany County Schools.”
When asked about the program Hall said, “I am honored to have been chosen for the North Carolina Aspiring Superintendent Program. The professional development and networking opportunities will be something I can carry with me into a future superintendency. This program has been very fulfilling and affirms my desire to lead a school district. I appreciate Mr. Hoke’s attention to detail and the professionalism of this program.”