2018-2019 Hartselle Educator Hall of Fame Inductees
The Hartselle Educator Hall of Fame (HEHOF) has announced its selections for the Class of 2019. The Educator Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the education of students who have attended Hartselle schools. The inductees are Emily Amberson, Jane Ann Fields, Don Pouncey, Donna Rushen, and Libby Watson.
These educators will be inducted into the HEHOF on February 2, 2019, at the fourth annual Hall of Fame Banquet at the Ministry Center at First United Methodist Church of Hartselle. Tickets are available at a cost of $30 each and may be purchased at the Hartselle City Schools Central Office.
Before becoming a teacher in Hartselle, Amberson taught students with special needs at Brookhaven Middle School in Decatur. She was chosen as Decatur City School’s Secondary Teacher of the Year in 1992. She taught special needs students at Hartselle High School from 1995-2008. Amberson was noted for her kindness and was always concerned about what was best for her students. She focused on what her students could do and not on what they could not do.
Fields is best remembered for the 24 years that she taught 4th grade at Burleson Elementary. She was voted Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by the Hartselle Jaycees in 1984. Her students say she made learning fun and creative and that she had a great rapport with them. They remember her pleasant personality, great sense of humor and many of the creative learning activities she used.
Rushen taught English courses at Hartselle High School from 1978 to 2004. She then taught at Calhoun Community College for a year and at Wallace State Community College for 7 years. Her students remember her as an amazing storyteller, a teacher who made learning fun and meaningful. She had a passion for teaching and compassion for her students.
Pouncey was one of the most loved and respected educators to serve in our Hartselle School System. He came to Hartselle as an assistant football coach and taught driver’s education. Pouncey was head basketball coach from 1985-94 and his 1993-94 team finished with a 30-5 record and won the 5A State Championship. He then moved into administration and was an assistant principal at the Junior High and High School and principal of Burleson and the Junior High.
During her senior year at the University of Alabama, Watson was voted “Student Exhibiting the Most Promise in Education”. That selection was most prophetic as she became one of the best and most popular teachers in the Hartselle School System. Most of her teaching career was spent teaching kindergarten at F. E. Burleson Elementary. In 1982 she was selected as the Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by the Hartselle Jaycees and in 1998 she was the Hartselle American Legion Teacher of the Year.