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Meet the New Faculty and Staff | Dr. Mike Hall

Mike Hall, Ph.D. joined the LFA community this fall as a member of the faculty. Mike has taught mathematics for 27 years at the university and high school levels. Mike joined LFA from Johns Hopkins University-Urban Teachers Dallas-Fort Worth where he served as a mathematics education lecturer for the past three years. Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in Classics, a Master of Science in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership-Mathematics Education, all from the University of Mississippi. 

Mike’s career arc has taken him on a teaching journey that started as a mid-year replacement teacher at Oxford High School in 1993, to a mathematics instructor at the University of Mississippi, to an Assistant/Associate Professor of mathematics at Arkansas State University, to a high school math teacher at Greene County Technical High School to Johns Hopkins University. His experiences in the classroom as well his experiences providing professional development to in-service teachers serve as a basis for his immersive learning style where he tries to make mathematics come to life for students in meaningful ways. Mike is elated to serve as the head baseball coach. Mike will be teaching AP Calculus and AP Statistics. Mike has been involved with the AP Calculus program as a reader, table leader, and consultant since 2003. Mike’s wife of 28 years, Glinda, will also be living at LFA. Glinda is an English teacher and has a Ph.D. as well. Glinda has spent her career teaching at the university and high school levels. She has taught AP Literature, American Literature (dual credit), and English Composition (dual credit) for the past seven years. Mike has two sons, Grayson and Jack. Grayson is completing his BA in history at Arkansas State University and Jack is entering his sophomore year at Southwest Community College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he plays baseball. Grayson also played baseball for SWCC for two years. Though new to the boarding school world, Mike is well-prepared for the community aspect of LFA and is looking forward to this next chapter in his career. 

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in central Mississippi. 

Where did you go to college and/or grad school?
I went to the University of Mississippi to play football. I received my BA in Mathematics in 1992 and my MS in Mathematics in 1995. I began my teaching career in 1993 at Oxford High School in Mississippi where I taught Algebra II and Geometry. 

What has your career path looked like?
After completing my MS in 1995, I was offered a position as an instructor at the University of Mississippi. I taught Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I, II, Business Calculus I, II, Math for Teachers, Elementary Statistics, and more. After completing my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership-Mathematics Education in 2002, I transitioned to a new role as an Assistant/Associate Professor at Arkansas State University where I served as the mathematics educator for 12 years. There, I taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I, II, Business Calculus, Math for Teachers I, II, III, College Geometry, Geometry for Middle School Teachers, etc. In 2014, I made the transition from higher education back to high school where I taught AP Calculus, Algebra II, and AP Computer Science Principles. I had the opportunity in 2018 to pivot back to higher education for Johns Hopkins University. I am excited to join the LFA Faculty as a mathematics teacher.

Do you live on campus or nearby?
I will be living in New Hall for the coming year with my wife Glinda.

What attracted you to LFA?
The diversity and commitment to culturally responsive learning were major attractions for me to come to LFA.

What are you most looking forward to this year?
The adventure of never having taught at an independent school is exciting.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Big list. Watching a baseball game that either of my sons is playing in would be my favorite. Chicago, New York City, Boston, and the High Rocky Mountains.

Tell us about your family, favorite sports team, and favorite book
I have been married to my wife, Glinda, for almost 29 short years. We have two sons, Grayson (24) and Jack (20). My favorite sports teams are Ole Miss, the Cubs, and the Broncos. My favorite book of all time is "The Same River Twice."