Title: School System Administrator
Company: Fulton County School Systems
Location: Fairburn, Georgia, United States
Hal Shields, School System Administrator at the Fulton County School Systems, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education management and administration.
In Dr. Shields’ house growing up, education was held in high reverence as both his parents were teachers. His father, John Montgomery, eventually became a principal, signaling to Dr. Shields that he could play a bigger role in the academic profession. Inspired by his family, he first earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Georgia in 1956 and continued at Emory University to received an MEd in 1962. Later, in 1979, he received a PhD in educational leadership from Georgia State University. With this academic background, Dr. Shields has been able to provide decades of support and knowledge to making positive changes within the state of Georgia’s school systems.
Dr. Shields is proud of the fact that he could work on one endeavor for so long and have the opportunity to serve in so many different ways. It is rewarding to have had the opportunity to influence people and have them return many years later praising him for their success. Prior to retiring, Dr. Shields served as the associate superintendent of the Fulton County School Systems. He previously worked for the district as an assistant superintendent and administrative assistant. Earlier in his career, Dr. Shields was a principal at Palmetto High School, Campbell High School and Russel High School. He started teaching at Campbell High School in 1957 and then joined the faculty at Russel High School as the assistant principal in 1967.
After retiring, Dr. Shields’ work was recognized with a plaque from the Fairburn Planning and Zoning Board. Throughout his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Georgia School Superintendents Association, the PTA and the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce. He honorably served in the US Army and US Army Reserves. Furthermore, Dr. Shields provided his skills and expertise as a member of the state advisory board of directors of the cooperative extension service at the University of Georgia and as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University.
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