The family of Teresa Hall was honored at a reception held at Sandhills Community College recently. Teresa passed away suddenly last year just days shy of her retirement. A plaque was installed on the door of the classroom where she taught. Pictured are Teresa’s mother Annie Ritter, her granddaughter Katelynn, brother Wesley Ritter and his wife, Debra.
A plaque was unveiled on Wednesday, April 18 in Van Dusen Hall on the campus of Sandhills Community College. It is on the door of the classroom in which Teresa Hall taught Criminal Justice classes for many years.
Teresa Hall passed away July 24, 2017. She was set to retire four days later after over 22 years of service.
Hall was a native of Moore County and a graduate of Gardner Webb College with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Before she came to Sandhills, she was a Sergeant at Southern Correctional Center and a Probation Officer for the North Carolina Department of Correction. In addition to her teaching duties at the college, she served as the Department Chair for the Public Services Department and was the Program Coordinator for the Criminal Justice program.
Hall influenced the lives of many students, scores of who now serve throughout North Carolina communities and beyond. She began working part-time at the college in 1995 and in 2001 started as a full-time employee. She became a Professor in 2016.
Known throughout the college for her positive, upbeat, and enthusiastic attitude, Hall put others first; she was humble and selfless. When not at work, she liked to garden and spend time with her family and friends. Her granddaughter, Katelynn, brought much joy to her heart.
Hall regularly put motivational quotes on her office door, and her last one read, “Time and the world swallow things up. You and I will get swallowed up. Did you leave a mark?” That quote is now permanently engraved on the plaque placed in her honor.
Prior to the unveiling of the plaque, an award given in her honor at the college’s annual Awards Day ceremony. The Teresa Hall Memorial Award was presented to an exemplary Criminal Justice student who personifies the spirit of Teresa Hall: selfless, caring, willingness to go the extra mile and one who will leave their mark on the world. The recipient was Jamie Jones.