2021 Tillman Scholar

Michael Hall

Marine Corps
Arizona State University

“Becoming a teacher allowed me to continue serving my country after the Marine Corps. As a teacher educator, I will be able to train the next generation of teachers.”

Mikey Hall is an English education graduate student, secondary English teacher, and retired U.S. Marine. He served as an anti-tank missile gunner with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines and deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Just two weeks after graduating from the school of infantry, Mikey’s unit deployed overnight as an air contingency battalion, where he served on the U.S.S Ponce on the 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit. Returning to Camp Lejeune in May 2011, he began a workup to deploy with the 24 MEU aboard the U.S.S New York in 2012.

After his honorable discharge in 2013, Mikey began his career in education as a substitute teacher. While earning his undergraduate degree, he was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. As a graduate student at the College of William and Mary, Mikey led the Student Veterans Society and served as the vice president of the Student Virginia Education Association.

After earning a bachelor of arts in English and master of arts in education, Mikey joined Teach for America and taught 7th grade special education and English for three years. In 2019, Mikey earned his master of arts in English and matriculated into the English Education doctoral program at ASU, where he hopes to teach the next generation of teachers. He is passionate about supporting his fellow graduate students, teacher candidates, and ASU community. Mikey’s area of interest is the portrayal of mental health in young adult literature; specifically, finding ways to connect the English classroom to suicide prevention.