Valencia Hall

Teacher Selection Specialist
Houston ISD

Dr. Valencia D. Hall graduated with her Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture from Prairie View A&M University. After working in a firm for a short time, she decided that teaching Architecture and design was a better fit for her and started substituting at her Alma Mater in a drafting course. She loved it so much that she pursued her Trade and Industrial Education certification immediately and was hired full time to teach. Soon after receiving certification, she attended Texas Southern University's doctoral program in Education to gather knowledge on how to develop curriculum and improve her instructional strategies in the classroom. During the Spring of 2012, Dr. Hall obtained her Doctorate in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Hall has worked as an Engineering Instructor and Project-Based Learning (PBL) Lead Cohort Facilitator at Energy Institute High School in Houston ISD. When you would visit her classroom, you immediately realized why she had so many accolades (Ex: Campus Teacher of the Year - 2 different schools, District Teacher of the Year - North Forest ISD, STEM Educator of the Year, etc.) throughout her career. Dr. Hall had her students creating solar chargers, designing the next new mobile app, exploring their ideas for innovative products in a “Shark Tank” style-judging layout, developing leadership skills and preparing her students for professional presentations. She gave her all to the students and even stayed after school to make sure that they were competition and career ready when they left her presence. As of today, you can find Dr. Hall in the Houston ISD administrative building or out promoting the district to future educators as a Teacher Selection Specialist. In this position, she is able to help bring in the best teacher talent to the district via conversations, brief interviews, and screening applications. In her spare time, she conducts professional development training on technology and PBL.

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