Educators Hall of Fame 1999 Inductees

East Carolina University’s College of Education is pleased to have had this opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations from around the state for their extensive contributions to the field of education. The Educators Hall of Fame was initiated in 1999 to permanently acknowledge education professionals and associations who have made distinguished contributions to the field of education through service and mission. Nominations were secured with a minimum $1000 gift to the College for the establishment of the Educators Hall of Fame Endowment Scholarship. Scholarships will be given to outstanding education majors. The awards ceremony was held in the Fall of 1999.

The 1999 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Edna Earle Baker1999yesTeacher, Librarian, Principal, Supervisor
Beloved Friend, Civic Leader
Creator of Successful Individuals, School Systems, and Universities
Dr. James W. Batten1999Scientist
Sara Storey Batten1999AB Chowan College Summa Cum Laude
MS In LS UNCCH: Beta Phi Mu Teacher of Latin,
English, and Math
Librarian and Cataloger
Ralph Brimley1999Teacher, Mentor, Confidant, Friend of
Principals and Superintendents
Throughout North Carolina
Judith Highsmith Budacz1999yes"First A Teacher"
35 Year Career Educator
1997 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year
Franklin Douglas Byrd, Jr.1999Teacher, School Administrator
Cumberland County Schools For 37 Years
Civic Leader and Church Leader
Dr. Patricia T. Campbell1999Associate Professor, Reading Faculty -
Board of Governor's Award for Teaching Excellence 1996
East Carolina University
Stella Chambliss1999yesTeacher, Principal, Church Leader,
Visiting Lecturer;
Department of Educational Leadership
Dr. Joseph C. Ciechalski1999Excellent Counselor Educator - Leader in State and
National Counseling Associations -
Compassionate Teacher, Counselor And Friend
Dr. Charles R. Coble1999An Exceptional Leader, Dedicated to Excellence in Education
Who Envisions Possibilities and
Inspires Within Others
A Deep Sense of Purpose
Isabel Cox Cude1999North Carolina Educator/Administrator
In Guilford County for 45 Years
Wendell Holmes Cude1999North Carolina Educator/Administrator
In Guilford County For 45 Years
John B. Dunn1999yesTeacher, Mentor
Inspirer and Friend
Janice Robertson Dunn1999Health Occupations Teacher, Counselor, and
Friend Who Inspired Many to Enter
Health Professions
Gail R. Englert1999Elementary Educator Norfolk Virginia
1997 Presidential Award For Excellence In Math Teaching
1998 Norfolk Teacher of the Year
1999 Virginia Math Teacher of the Year
Emiley J. Harvey1999yesMiddle School Educator, Mentor, Leader
Held High Expectations: Inspired and
Directed All Learners
Dr. Parmalee P. Hawk1999Teacher, Administrator,
Researcher. Dedicated to Integrity and
Innovation in Education
Nancy S. Hemink1999yesA.G. Cox Middle School Principal;
Her Quiet, Focused Leadership And
High Expectations Produced
Exemplary Results.
Dr. Erwin Hester1999Professor, Chair English Department Service to ECU
And Students Marked By Quiet Leadership With
Grace And Uncommon Perspective
Brownie R. Highsmith1999yesElementary Teacher Challenged And
Motivated All Learners Through
Innovative, Creative And Intellectually
Stimulating Teaching Methods
Elsie Celia Brame Hunt1999yes"I See Her On The Sofa In A Plain Cotton Dress
Teaching A Young Boy Wearing Clothes He Had
Farmed In All Day."
Governor James B. Hunt Jr.
Leo Warren Jenkins1999His Vision, Courage And Leadership Put Educators,
Doctors, and The Pirates On The Road To Greatness.
Best Of All, He Made Us Believe.
Mary Gail T. Johnson1999yesContributor to Society And The Field of
Education Through Her Dedication And
Commitment To Excellence
Dr. Thomas R. Koballa1999yesExemplary Graduate,
Outstanding Science Educator,
Friend And Colleague
Dr. Peggy M. Koonce1999yesFaculty Emeritus, ECU
Expansion and Development of State
Kindergarten and Teacher Education
Daisy Lee Carson Latham1999Teacher - Mentor - Humanitarian
She Endowed Her Students With A Love of History And
A Clear View Of The Opportunities Of The Future
Walter C. Latham1999yesElon College Sports Hall of Fame - NCHSAA
Distinguished Service Award - Pitt County Principal
Of The Year, Coach, Teacher, and Mentor
Frances Harvey Mallison1999yesMiddle School Media
Life Long Advocate of Reading
Roger L. Mann1999East Carolina University Foundation
Board Member and Advocate for
Educational Opportunities
Dr. Floyd E. Mattheis1999Extraordinary Science Educator and Mentor
Loving Husband, Father, and Friend
1991 Distinguished Service to Science Ed Award
1996 Robert H. Carlton Award
Rose Cude McConnell1999yesGraduate of
East Carolina University 1958
Betty Helen Mobley1999yesTouched Many Young Lives
Kindergarten-First Grade
Teacher for 35 Years
Dr. Charles H. Moore1999yesProfessor, Psychology Department ECU 1968-1996
Dedicated To Excellence With High
Standards For Himself And Others
Alice Esther Morgan1999yesECU Alumna Of The Year 1987
ACEI President: Florida & International Chapters -
Teacher For 52 Years-
University of Florida Assoc. Professor
Dr. Helen Meriwether Parke1999Visionary Educator, Devoted Parent, and Inspiring
Community Leader. Her Service And Her
Commitment Enriches The Lives Of Others.
Frances K. Pressley1999yesA Dedicated And Caring Teacher
BA Flora McDonald College 1960
ECU: MAED Elementary Education 1977
MAED Administration 1980
Dr. James S. Pressley1999Teacher/Administrator A Friend To Students
UNC Chapel Hill: AB-MAED-PhD
MRE Southern Seminary
Josephine Little Rawl1999yes1912 Graduate - Taught In One Room School
In Pitt Co. - Life Long Learner, Educator
Researcher & Mentor - Mama Jo was Active
Alumna To Age 95
John T. Richards1999Dedicated Educator: Professor, Outstanding Advisor,
Chair of Special Education for 30 Years.
Known of Father of Sp. Ed. In Eastern N.C.
Elizabeth E. Savage1999yesFounder A(delta)K in Pitt County
Outstanding Educator & Leader
NC Woman of Distinction
Every Day In Her Classroom Was An Adventure In Learning
Robert Riley Sawyer1999yesAB Degree: Business - 1959
BS Degree: Physical Education - 1960
Teacher & Athletic Director Grimsley High School
Greensboro NC 1961 - 1999
Susan Ballance Sawyer1999yesBS Degree: Primary Education 1961
Ann Rhem Schwarzmann1999yesPrimary & Special Education Teacher;
Innovative, Dedicated Educator Who
Motivated Students To Always Do Their Best
Moses Maurice Sheppard1999yesEast Carolina University Science Educator
A Man With Many Talents Who
Continues To Inspire And Educate Others
In Every Walk Of Life
Mary Lois Staton1999All Are Touched By Her Charm - Intellect - Professionalism
And Leadership. Advocate of Reading,
Consummate Communicator, And Philanthropist
Jean Mobley Stevens1999yesClassroom Teacher & High School
Counselor 1956-1984.
Eastern North Carolina Community Leader
Dr. Henry C. VanSant1999yesRespected Coach and Teacher
BS MAED East Carolina University
Puts Students First
Charles Stuart Ward1999yesMaster Teacher And Principal - University Administrator -
Builder of Confidence And Pride - Consummate Father,
Husband and Leader - UVA Doctorate
Edna Elizabeth Baker Ward1999yesElementary Teacher, Principal, Confidant;
University Instructor, Counselor, Leader;
Beloved Friend And Gifted Speaker
Margaret Cude Ward1999yesGraduate of East Carolina University 1961
BS MAED 1963
Senator Edward N. Warren1999yesEducator & Administrator
North Carolina Senator
Life Long Commitment To Education and ECU
Advocate of Strong
Moral and Personal Values
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wheatley1999Reading Teacher, Author, Consultant.
School Director & Academic Dean.
Director: Holmes Reading Center &
Mary L. Staton Reading Conference
Mrs. Shannon Wilson Zerniak1999yesECU Graduate 1992
Student Teacher of the Year
Nominee For Teacher of the Year 1993