Becky Hall named North Syracuse Teacher of the Year

Teaching kids to be the 'best they can be'

She walked the same halls and she even had some of the same teachers.

What could be better than having someone who has talked the talk and walked the walk?

According to the North Syracuse Central School District, having someone like Becky Hall, an educator of 11 years, is invaluable.

Hall, a Smith Road Elementary music teacher, was chosen as the districts 2009-10 Teacher of the Year. Several teachers were nominated and strenuously interviewed, and in the end, Hall was awarded the honor.

She is a music teacher and the director of

the third grade Chorus Club and the fourth grade Music Club.

Hall's teaching career has become an extension of her own education she has had in the NSCSD. As a child, Hall attended Roxboro Road elementary and middle schools, North Syracuse Junior High School and finally graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse Central High School in 1995.

Hall earned a bachelor's degree in music education and performance instrument in flute at Ithaca College. She also earned a master's degree in elementary music education, also at Ithaca College.

Throughout all of her education in the district, much of her passion of music was discovered when she was in third and fourth grade.

While growing up in the Mattydale and Cicero area, Hall said she felt "shy and awkward," even though she had two older, outgoing siblings.

"I remember having reluctance to do a solo and try out," Hall said about her budding interest in music.

Even though many performers start out with "robust personalities," according to Hall, she said she was "amazed" when she broke through despite her shy character.

"I can tell those same students, 'You can do it because I did it!'" Hall said. "That's where it all began for me. The arts kind of shaped me."

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