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Beth Hales Says Hello at Eastwood!

Although she’s been around in Decatur City Schools for quite a while, Mrs. Hales is our new Decatur City Schools Principal at Eastwood Elementary School. You may already know some impressive facts from her resume, but I bet you didn’t know that she was made fun of in high school for her laugh! I asked Mrs. Hales some random questions just for fun, and the answers might just make you laugh too.

Resume highlights:

  • Principal at Austinville Elementary for the past 11 years
  • Influential partner between Austinville Elementary and the surrounding community of churches and civic organizations
  • Coordinator with Early Learning Groups to implement the Canady Schedule for teachers and staff at Austinville Elementary

What is your favorite book of all time?

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall. You should read it sometime for sure!

What is your most embarrassing school memory?

In high school, I sat behind a friend in math class, and one time he said something really funny. It was so funny that I started laughing really hard, and then my friends started laughing at me because they said I sounded like the wheel ticking on the Wheel of Fortune. From then on whenever someone told a joke, they wanted me to laugh so they could hear it again!

Favorite M&M color:


If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be?

I would be a dolphin because I love to swim. So I guess I could be any kind of fish then!

If you could relive one grade in school, which one would you choose?

In 4th grade I met my best friend, and we are still best friends to this day! I also had the most humble and kind teacher that year. Her name was Mrs. Hale!

Personal message from Mrs. Hales:

“I was at Austinville for 15 years, and when I chose to come to Eastwood, I realized that my staff, students, and teachers had taught me so much more than I ever taught them. I hope that at Eastwood we can build relationships just like that, where everyone teaches whether they’re a teacher or not.”