Connie Hatch was born March 16, 1954 to Reverend Louis and Thelma Givens. She comes from a family of nine siblings with strong morals and values. She attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She also received a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision. Additionally she has earned 30+ hours in Adult Education .
She retired from East Baton Rouge Parish School Board in 2014 with 38 years of service. After retiring, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia. While there, she co-founded the Show the World Foundation and serves as the Executive Director. This program is focused towards helping at-risk kids and provides uniforms, food for the holidays and special events for students who show model behavior. After four years, she moved back to Baton Rouge because she knew that she could make a much bigger impact for young scholars and people in her community.
Connie’s heart truly dwells on giving back and assisting those in need. One awesome program she has organized is a group of at-risk males known as The Gents at her school. The goal of this program is to deter their behaviors and improve their academics through outreach and guidance. They participate in many community service activities. Just this past Christmas in 2018, she and the Gents donated blankets to the P.A.C.E. Adult Center to help them stay warm this winter. The program is very successful with 80% of positive behavior exhibited by the participants.
Connie Hatch believes in working with people, both children and adults, that society says there is no hope for. “When I see the smile from an adult whose electricity bill just got paid or a student smiling because they have an undershirt to keep warm, I feel like, Wow! Now I can smile. It makes me feel so good!” She believes that love conquers all and with love all things are possible.