Cornelia retired from the South Carolina School System in 2007 after working in Beaufort and Jasper Counties as an assistant principal and principal. She then worked for the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools at Thunderbolt Elementary until 2010 as a Reading Resource teacher, spending her final year before full retirement at Union Mission’s Employment Training Center. Working at Union Mission gave her the opportunity to understand and analyze the impact of agencies such as The United Way, Step-Up Savannah, and DCFS on the lives of Savannah’s children.
Cornelia grew up in the small town of Tuckahoe in Westchester County, New York, moving there with her parents from Hilton Head, SC as a young child. She graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a major in American History and began her career in education in Chicago, Illinois before returning to Hilton Head in 1989.
She was instrumental in the opening of two new middle schools, Hilton Head Middle in 1990 and McCracken Middle School, Bluffton, in 2000 before accepting the position of principal at Ridgeland Elementary School. Her passion for educational excellence and student success has defined her career. Beginning with her presidency of the Alpha Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority during her senior year at the University of Illinois, her life has been one of continual service to children and to her community. She is also a member of the American Association of University Women whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls. She is married to City of Savannah Alderman John Hall. They have a blended family of five children and a wire-haired terrier, Teddy.
Term of Service:
Jan. 1, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2025
Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois
Master of Arts in American History, with honors; Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois
Educational Leadership: Chicago State University, University of South Carolina, Georgia Southern University
Retired Principal and Teacher
Phone: (912) 596-9414