Educators Hall of Fame 2002 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 2002.

The 2002 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Cynthia Bailey Adams 2002yesMiddle School Science Teacher
Director of Development, ECU School of Education
It's all About Education,
Teachers Make the Difference.
James B. Ballance 2002yesThirty Year Career As An Outstanding Teacher, Coach, Administrator, Athletic Trainer, Yearbook Advisor
Grimsley Senior High School
Nancy Griffin Baucom 2002noPiedmont Middle School Teacher
Monroe, NC 27 Years
Teacher of the Year 1977, 1983, 1995
Mentor, Shakespeare Club Sponsor
National Board Certified Educator
Willa Rae Harper Bullock 2002yesElementary Teacher
A Creative Teacher Who Provided a Positive Beginning for Many Young Children. She Continues To Enrich Her Community Through Her Many Talents, Especially Her Beautiful Music.
Helen C. Butler 2002yesForty-One Years of Service In Public Education As An Elementary School Teacher
The Cultural Arts Were An Integral Component of Her Students' Educational Experience.
William E. Castle 2002noBS in Secondary Education; MA and PhD In Speech Pathology; Asst. Prof. U of VA 1963-65; Educator of the Deaf; Dean and Director National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology 1968-95
Diane L. Castle 2002noBS In Elem. Educ; MS & PhD In Speech Path. & Aud. Research, Curriculum Development and Teaching Use of Telecommunication Devices By Deaf & Hard Of Hearing Employees
Jane Joyner Cox 2002
Joseph Eppye Debnam 2002noDynamic Force In Greene County
Educational Pioneer: First Greene County Superintendent of Public Schools
Journalist: Founder of the Standard Laconic Newspaper
Business, Civic, & Church Leader; Married to Birdie S. Debnam
Michael A. Dorsey 2002noDean, ECU School of Art
Committed Servant of the University,
Inspired Leader of Artists
Dedicated Promoter of the Visual Arts For All
A Great Friend
H. Tallie Dupree 2002noA Marine Officer and Combat Veteran who Became our Coach, Teacher, and Friend. Whether on the Playing Field or in Life, you Taught us to do our Best, be Team Players, Play by the Rules, and Most Importantly to win With Dignity. Coates High School, Class of '65
Elizabeth Edwards2002noHigh School Math Teacher and Guidance Counselor
Math Came Alive in her Classroom for all Students. Her Patience With and Determination for Student Success was Evident in her Teaching and Guidance.
FHS Alumni
Farmville High School
2002yesEvery Students' Education and Life Development was the Focus
of the School and Community. The Faculty Provided Each
Student With the Tools and Confidence to Reach their Potential
and Dreams. Her Gifts to her Graduates: Leadership, Citizenship,
Stewardship, and Integrity.
Evelyn Crutchfield Gerdes 2002yesIn Appreciation Of
East Carolina University's
School of Education
BS 1961; MAEd 1967
Peggy Monroe Gillis 2002yesA Gracious Woman, a Truly Christian Lady
Has Served Well in Her Work; Her Community, Her Church, and Her Family.
Thirty-One Years as a Dedicated Educator
Gwyn Griffin 2002noPrincipal Piedmont Middle for 18 Years
Monroe, NC National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence 1991
Principal of the Year 1985 and 1989
Administrator of the Year 1989
Loretta Brickhouse Guard 2002yesThirty-Three Years of Unselfish and Tireless Service For the Youth of Chowan County 1969-2002
Margaret Blount Harvey 2002noA devoted Advocate for public education demonstrated by personal sacrifices over 60 years
Betty Debnam Hunt 2002noJournalist & Childhood Educator
Creator of the Publication for Children, The Mini Page
Daughter of Stella Debnam and Newsman W.E. Debnam
Granddaughter of Berdie L. Debnam and J.E. Debnam, Newspaper Editors and Educators
Evelyn Russell Joyner 2002noA Dedicated and Enthusiastic Teacher.
Her Love of God, Family, Life, and Literature With Generations of Students, Inspiring Many to Teach and Lead Others.
A Steadfast Friend.
Phillip J. Kirk Jr.2002yesIn Recognition for Outstanding Commitment and Dedication
to the children of North Carolina Through Exceptional
Leadership of the North Carolina State Board
of Education.
Lewis Lawrence 2002yesHigh School English Teacher, Mentor, Friend
He Encouraged Individuality and Creative Thinking
Through His Teaching Style. He Valued Student
Opinions and Allowed Them to Think for
Patricia Long 2002
Dr. Betty Mobley Long 2002yesProfessor, Supervisor, Teacher, Dactylologist, Humanitarian, Friend, and Encourager
Janie Barnes MacIntyre 2002yesMath Educator, Exceptional Children's Program
USA Today's All USA Teacher, First Team
NC Christa McAuliffe Fellow
Thinking Maps Consultant and Trainer
Dr. William B. Martin 2002noAn Educator, Mentor, and Student Advisor
Faculty Advisor to NCAE and Kappa Delta Pi for Twenty-Five Years
Advocate for Spec Ed, Middle Schools, and Outdoor Education
Joyce Garris McGalliard 2002yesLives of Many People Through Your Profession,
I am Proud of You.
Mary Irma Moore 2002yesHigh School Math
For her Enthusiastic, Inspirational Teaching
Her Love of Mathematics, and Her Dedication to
Helping Students Become Their Best
FHS Alumni
Katie Owen Morgan 2002yesEast Carolina Teacher's College: BS 1946, MA 1954
President, ECTC Senior Class of 1946
ECU Board of Trustees
Thirty-Three Years in Public Education
Brenda S. Nash 2002noThe 2001-2002
Camden Middle School Teacher of the Year
Camden County Schools Teacher of the Year
Dr. Henry A. Peel2002yesCommitted to Innovation and Excellence in the
Development of Education Leaders
For the 21st Century.
With Deepest Gratitutde,
EdD Cohort Group 2001.
Annie Perkins 2002First Grade Teacher for 43 Years in Farmville
Schools. In 1921 Perkins Hall was Named in her Honor. Three
Generations of Farmville Students Began Their Quest for Knowledge
Under her Capable Directions.
Educator 1896-1946
Valerie Davis Austin Powers* 2002yesMaster Teacher In the Area of Behavioral/
Emotional Disorders
Been A Turning Point in the Lives of Many
Dr. Michael Priddy 2002A Leader who Gives not Only of his Wisdom, but
Also of his Faith in the Power of a Good Education
to Give all Children a Place of Permanence in a
World in Transition.
Louisa Morton Ringo2002yesShe is There for her Students in the Classroom and in Life,
Pushing, Encouraging, and Always Teaching.

Vivian M. Covington
R. Eugene Rogers2002Teacher: Principal: Superintendent: Legislator
Served the People of Eastern North Carolina
With Diligence and Integrity.
Hope Rollins 2002High School Math Teacher. She Recognized Potential in her
Students and Provided Opportunity for its Development. Her
Competency as a Teacher was Reflected in her Students Lives
and Their Achievements.
Dr. Norma H. Sermon-Boyd 2002yesSuperintendent, Jones County Schools 1993-2002
A woman of vision...A Journey of Excellence
Impacting the Future Through Scholarship
and Service
Gordon Smith III2002Governors, Gordon Smith III Continues the
Tradition In Bringing To NC Children A Special
Education About the Global Economy By
Establishing Exploris Museum.
Elizabeth Ashley Layne Smith 2002yesHonor Graduate ECU School of Education
Challenges Her Students To Love, Learn, Share,
Appreciate, and Discover Who They Are.
Eugene Howard Stallings 2002yesTeacher, Coach, Principal, Assoc. Superintendent
Inspired Young Men and Women to Reach
Their Goals.
Mary Rose Sutton Stocks 2002yesInfluencing Children Directly and Indirectly
To Become Outstanding Citizens
Fifty Years of Service to the Education Profession
Otis F. Strother III2002yesEast Carolina University SGA President, 1961-62
Band Director for 32 Years
Believed There Was Good In All Students
Shelby Sheffield Strother 2002yes2000-2002 ECU Alumni President
Outstanding Music Educator for 32 Years
Believes In Our Boundless Potential.
Melanie Rogers Van Leuven 2002yesTeacher, A Mother, A Wife, A Friend, and A
Daughter Will Live Forever In the Hearts of the
Kindergarten Children She Taught.
Dr. Ronny VanSant 2002Director of East Carolina University Teaching
Fellows For 12 Years. Exemplary In Education
and Leadership, Molding Young People Into
Model Teachers
Always Gracious and Professional
Gigi Guice Walter* 2002yesNewspapers In Education Coordinator
The Daily Reflector
Pitt County Educator
Literacy And Community Volunteer
Dr. James Hugh Wease 2002yesPresident of the NC Council for The Social Studies
ECU Department of History 1963-1995
Chair of History Department 1986-1989
Professor Emeritus
Doris Winslow Williams 2002yesA Teacher In the Martin County School System 1963-1983
Sandra Leonard Wornom2002yesEast Carolina University Advocate
Leadership and Service in Student Life, The Arts,
School of Education, and Athletics
School of Education Advancement Council
President 2000-2002