Georgia Hobbs thinks it is important for someone with teaching experience to be on the McDuffie County Board of Education. And she is the one who fills that spot.
Mrs. Hobbs is currently the vice-chair of the BOE. The service to her hometown that she provides through many organizations is an important aspect of her life that she feels helps to build a community.
Norman Stevenson pays Georgia Hobbs for merchandise he bought in the gift shop at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Hobbs spends some of her time volunteering at the hospital, among other organizations.
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"I think that each person should return something to their community," she said. "I was born in Thomson. I've lived here all of my life, and I just think it's a wonderful place to live. It won't stay like that unless each of us does his or her fair share."
A retired teacher of 32 years, 29 of those spent as a business education teacher in the Warren County school system, Mrs. Hobbs was looking for a way to use her knowledge to help others. That led to her election to the McDuffie County BOE.
"I just thought that it was an opportunity to serve on that side of the table," she said. "I felt like the board needed to have someone who had a background in education. That doesn't always happen. ...We can always bring a different perspective to any issue."
Mrs. Hobbs was the first in her family to graduate from college. And she still uses her teaching skills on a part-time basis. She teaches business at Augusta Tech on the Thomson campus.
She is also president of the local Delta Sigma Theta Thomson Alumnae Chapter and is a part of the Retired Teachers association where she is on the scholarship committee.
Aside from her work in the education field, Mrs. Hobbs is also a member of the McDuffie County planning commission. The group considers property issues and makes recommendations to the county commission.
Popular Springs Baptist Church also stakes a claim to much of Mrs. Hobbs' time.
She serves as the church secretary and has for over 20 years. She is also involved in many of the church's ministries and activities.
Mrs. Hobbs believes that it is unfortunate that church worship services are among the most segregated places in the south. But she does have a positive outlook on the situation.
"I don't know how you get around that, but we all serve the same Maker," she said.
Black history month has also played an important role in her life. Her inspiration comes from people who range from R.L. Norris to Lucy Laney.
"It's a means of reflecting on the successes of the past, trying to make sure that there is continued progress," she said. "It's just a means of education because a lot of people are not aware of the accomplishments."