Hurt named to Delta Kappa Gamma council

Published 1:41 pm Thursday, April 4, 2024

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Dr. Joyce Hurt will be taking on some new responsibilities with the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Hurt, who currently serves as the Delta Alpha chapter president, was elected this past month to be secretary of the Ellinor G. Preston Coordinating Council. The Council oversees the work of the chapters in a large geographical area, stretching from north of Richmond into Southside Virginia. 

Hurt has represented her chapter as a member of the Coordinating Council in addition to serving at the state level on the Rules and Scholarship Committees. Most recently, she has been chairman of the Scholarship Committee for the state organization. Hurt, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Longwood University and a doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University, is widely known among area educators. At Prince Edward County High School, she taught English 8-11 and coordinated the high school’s gifted program for eight years. She also taught a variety of dual-enrollment English classes at the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia for 25 years. 

Retiring in 2022 after 33 years in the classroom, she established Hurt’s Educational Consulting and Editing Services LLC, through which she consults with local high school English departments and offers general editing needs, from dissertation editing to helping high school students with their college and scholarship applications. Dr. Hurt is also a popular motivational speaker for new teacher orientations.

Hurt has been married for over 30 years to her husband Wallace, who is also a retired teacher, principal, and school board member. Together they farm on property located outside of Blackstone. 

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is an honorary organization composed of women educators. Members of the Delta Alpha Chspter represent a number of counties concentrated in Southside Virginia.