meet sam hall
A retired scientist, Sam comes from a family of educators in Alabama. His mother was a teacher and principal, and two of his grandparents were also teachers, including one grandfather who served as a trustee for his children’s school. Three of his six siblings also chose careers in education. Sam’s passion for education and love of learning are strong family values passed down from generation to generation in Sam’s family.
Sam’s inspiration to run for School Board is his belief that our kids deserve the best education possible, and the importance of educating the whole child. Sam also sees his campaign for school board as an expression of gratitude to his family of educators and giving back for his own family’s blessings thanks to a good education in public schools. Carrying on his family’s legacy and continuing his work as an education advocate while using his management skills honed during his career as a scientist and serving on boards that work together to make hard decisions all make Sam the most qualified candidate for School Board District 2.
Sam earned his Bachelor’s Degree in biology and minor in chemistry from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia and worked in quality control at Merck Pharmaceuticals and as an microbiology analyst at Anheuser-Busch, where he retired from after 25 years. Sam is happily married to Leah and has four children and a six-month-old grandson. Sam and Leah live in Jacksonville Beach.
As a scientist, Sam is a big supporter of STEAM in schools (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), the future of high-demand and high-paying jobs in this century. In addition to his overall passion for making sure our kids get best public education possible, Sam brings 25 years of education advocacy and community volunteerism to his school board candidacy. Sam served as the Board Chairman of The Bridge of Northeast Florida, a United Way agency focused on educating the whole child, where Sam mentored students, worked on fundraising and capital campaigns, and served on the scholarship committee.
Sam serves and has served as a community volunteer on numerous boards and appointed to City boards as well. He was appointed by Jacksonville Beach to their Community Redevelopment Agency in 2017 and the Neighborhood Accountability Board that works to give children citations instead of criminal records, also in 2017. He is on the Board of Directors for the Tiger Bay Club and was on the Jacksonville Historical Society Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018.