Cooke County educator establishes scholarship

Elizabeth F. Abu | Jun 9, 2021

Cooke County native and retired teacher Christie Hall, along with her husband David, has established the Lana and Robert Hall Scholarship fund at North Central Texas College.

As a senior at Callisburg High School, Christie was able to attend business classes at NCTC, then Cooke County College, and she said that made her transition from high school to college at NCTC very comfortable. After finishing at NCTC, she went on to finish her degree at the University of North Texas.

“NCTC is the place that has meant the most to me in my whole educational career,” said Christie. “If I had gone straight to a university I don’t know if I would have stuck it out.”

Christie taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades at Collinsville ISD over her 38-year teaching career before retirement and believes that access to higher education is incredibly important. She considered long-time educator Eva Followill to be a mentor along her educational journey.

Christie took advantage of NCTC for professional development opportunities as well, putting in over 100 hours each year at Texas Regional Collaborative math and science trainings at the college.   

“When I was younger I didn’t realize that every town didn’t have a college in it,” said Christie. “As kids we don’t know how lucky we are to have this available to us.”

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Christie Hall (left) and her husband David Hall (right) presented the NCTC Foundation with a donation to establish the Lana and Robert Hall Scholarship at North Central Texas College. NCTC Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Debbie Sharp (center) received the donation.