Dr. Essie Hall is an educational psychologist and community counselor who has worked in the field of education over fifteen years enhancing social emotional learning competencies in both students and staff. She currently supports the enhancement of positive behavioral school culture and climate as a CPS community partner representing H.E.L.P. (Healing, Empowering, and Learning Professionals) by providing coaching and support through Restorative Practices. Prior to this she diligently served as an adjunct and full-time lecturer for over ten years in an institution higher education. She has also served on two local boards in the Chicagoland area and has worked tirelessly with the pre-teen and adolescent population.
As teacher and facilitator, she takes the responsibility of fostering a climate of inquiry, collaboration, and active engagement. Dr. Hall’s research agenda seeks to identify some of the mediating variables that influence academic and behavioral outcomes for urban black students. Additionally, she is keenly interested in the cultural factors, unique to African American students, examining the role of faith-based education upon performance among African American students; and exploring giftedness, its identification, cultivation, and those who are deemed twice exceptional. Her other interests include writing, singing, and traveling.