Retired Hall deputy school superintendent reflects on career
Lee Lovett has seen many changes in 50 years as an educator, but some things have remained the same.
“One thing that hasn’t changed is students,” he said. “Their basic needs are the same as they were in the 1950s and ‘60s.”
That includes being accepted, cared for and mentored, Lovett added.
And while the region’s culture evolves and American norms shift, this mission remains, according to Lovett: “You teach a child not a subject.”
Now officially retired as deputy superintendent of Hall County Schools, Lovett has had time to reflect on his years as a teacher and administrator.
So, too, have his former colleagues.
“Lee Lovett has dedicated almost 50 years to this community and our children,” Hall Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said. “The number of lives he has touched in a positive way is incalculable. I am blessed to have worked with a man of his character and am fortunate to continue to call him my friend.”
When Lovett first came to Hall County in 1969, schools were on the cusp of desegregating. It happened quickly, as Butler High, which served African-American students, was shuttered and Gainesville High integrated.