Meet Kathy Haughaboo! Mrs. Haughaboo, also known as “Mrs. Boo,” is a fourth grade teacher at Jefferson Academy. Mrs. Boo is married to Kevin Hauhgaboo, and they have one daughter, Augusta, who is a senior at Jefferson High School. Mrs. Boo and her family have lived in Jackson County for 15 years. She has made an impact on not only her students, but also their families. Mrs. Boo was given the honor of “Teacher of the Year” in 2016 at Jefferson Academy.
A former student of Mrs. Boo, a sophomore at Jefferson High school, said “Mrs. Boo was the first teacher I ever had at Jefferson. She taught me how to be serious, but to also have fun and don’t stress over the little things. To always be positive, and to always have confidence in myself. To believe in yourself and laugh things off. She is still my favorite teacher I ever had.”
We want to thank Kathy for recently spending time with us and telling us more about her life and love of Jackson County.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “When I first started school I wasn’t going to be a teacher, I was going to do something in business or something, and then I was a student athlete in college and I started teaching tennis camps, and when I started teaching the kids, I just loved them and thought I had a relationship with them. I remember saying some of the ones that caused you problems and were a little hard to deal with, you still love them and wanted to be with them to help them.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Jackson County, and what do you love there?
A: “I really like Gringos, it’s kind of sad they know me there, and when I go there the little manager always hugs me and kisses me. I just get this sense of belonging and when you go there you always see people you know and it’s just a sense of community.”
Q: What modern convenience would you want if you were stuck on a deserted island?
A: “I would want a bathroom and a tub, because I love taking baths and bath bombs.”
Q: Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
A: That’s easy, my favorite teacher was Mrs. Reynolds. She was my sixth grade teacher, she made learning so much fun. She was kind of out of the box, goofy, you felt a relationship with her, and that you connected with her. She was your teacher but she was also your friend. She could walk that line real well between the two.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Jackson County?
A: “We have lived here for 15 years, I was originally from Alabama, we moved to Georgia, and then we moved to Jackson County.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Jackson County and why?
A: “The most interesting person I have met is Damaris Gurley. Damaris Gurley is from here in Jackson County, she is deeply rooted. She was my principal here for many years. She taught me a lot, not only about teaching but also about the community, and she is just someone that I can reach out to if I have a problem and I know she’ll be there for me.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “I would go to one of these private islands that have these cabins out on the water. I love teaching, I love it, but it’s a very demanding job. They just constantly need you which I love to do, but sometimes I need a break. Sometimes I would just like to escape and relax in the sun because that’s my favorite thing.”
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “It was ‘The Cat from Outer Space’ and it was a cat and it had this collar, and when it would talk or try and communicate the collar would sparkle and the lights would go on and off. They used to always have cartoons before movies. Like the ‘Pink Panther,’ and that was always one of the best things about going to the movies, you saw the cartoon before the movie.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Be yourself. Have confidence in yourself. You are not going to please everybody, and you don’t have to. You have to please yourself and do what’s best for you, but do take other people into consideration, but to be yourself and do what you need to do.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I would love to go to Montana, this is really weird but, to go to Montana and they have these beautiful creeks, and to have this cabin by the creek while it’s snowing and just sit there and relax. I know it’s weird.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “The Bee Gees, okay I love The Bee Gees! Two of the members are dead right now so they’re not anymore but Barry Gibb is the disco area, but I have them and I love them. I would also love to see the Zac Brown Band, the country band, I love them. Another group that I would love to see is, well I wish I could see the Beatles. I’m not a huge fan of the Beatles, but I know my husband is, and I know that would just be a great part of him to see them, because they’re so iconic.”
Q: What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Jackson County and why?
A: “I would think it would have to be Crawford Long Pharmacy. It’s downtown and it’s just that old area, and if you look in the store he has all the old bottles and drug items back there, and when you just go in there you just feel like home and everyone knows you.”
Q: Choosing anyone (past or present and a non-relative), with whom would you love to have lunch? And where locally would you have this lunch?
A: “President Abraham Lincoln, I think he is a fascinating man who lived through a fascinating era and how he kept the country together during the civil war. I’m a history buff, my father was a history buff. I love the civil war, and all the aspects of it, and just to see his thinking process of how he handled it, and the losing of his sons, and all those different things. I would also take him to Cream and Sugar. I love Cream and Sugar, and I feel it just kind of gives you an atmosphere of downtown and the more of how Jackson County works.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Jackson County?
A: “I think it’s a sense of community you get, a lot of people know each other even though sometimes there’s different schools within. I think just the sense of community. I also like that it’s not so big, you have what you need but it’s not so populated. I’m afraid in the future it is going to be that way, but for right now it’s just the sense of community. You have your space, but people are still there for you.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “I still hope to be here in Jackson County, we love it here. That I am teaching and I continue to teach for another fifteen years or so, but being right here in Jackson County, doing what we’re doing.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “Me? I feel like I’m an open book. I feel like there are not many things people don’t know about me. I am a Star Wars nerd. I don’t know if people know that. I love Star Wars, we have all the movies. We can sit and quote them in our house, it’s kind of embarrassing but we go to see all the movies the first night they come out. We are true Star Wars geeks.”
Q: What three words mean “Home” to you?
A: “Love, Family, and Relationships.”
The Faces of Jackson County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org.