Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week With Educator Victorious Hall
Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated in the first full week of May, and it’s when educators get the extra credit they deserve. We are highlighting educators who also pour into children outside of the classroom. Former Vice Principal, Victorious Hall has opened Spizzy, a healthy smoothie shop in Brandywine, MD where he employs his former students and members of his community. We had the opportunity to speak with Victorious about being a passionate educator and entrepreneur.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
My name is Victorious Hall. I am a career educator. I have been a history educator, behavior specialist, assistant principal, college professor and most recently a teacher trainer. I was raised and reside in Prince George’s County, MD. PG County has been my home because it is an amazing place to live, raise a family and grow my vision.
It’s teacher appreciation week. Tell us about your experience being an educator.
I will always be grateful for being an educator. It is a job that challenges you every day. Each day is different and you have to be able to adjust and pivot depending on how your young people and families may need you to serve them. Being a teacher automatically makes you a learner. It has helped me to grow tremendously personally and professionally. I always say that every time I am asked to give guidance and/or advice as a teacher, I am also having that same growth conversation with myself. So being an educator has helped to develop me into a more holistic human being.
What has been most rewarding about being an educator?
The most rewarding experience is to see my youth grow into powerful and productive citizens. It has also been rewarding to still be in contact with many of my former youth as they journey into adulthood.
Why is it important to you to employ former students and those from your community?
For me, opening Spizzy was always about how I could use it to help teach important skills to young people as they navigate young adulthood. It is important for Spizzy to give back to the community that helps to keep it thriving. There was no better option than to work alongside the young people that I have known since they were teenagers. My ultimate goal is to be able to give them franchise opportunities so that they can begin to understand the full picture of running a business.
What has been most rewarding about opening Spizzy?
The most rewarding experience has been to see Spizzy serve so many different types of demographics. I still get super excited when I see elders and babies come into Spizzy and purchase smoothies. It’s a very rewarding experience to have an idea, push aside my fear and see it through. The entire process of following through on my idea/vision has been such a reward for me.
We know that students learn a lot from their educators. However, what would you say is something you’ve learned from your students?
The greatest thing that I have learned from my students is the power of allowing yourself to grow and develop. Young people are such an adaptive group. They always inspire me to try new things, allow myself to develop different identities, and live life to the fullest. Being around young people helps to keep me active and young at heart. I am forever grateful for their presence in my life.
Be sure to connect with Victorious and Spizzy online