Educators Hall of Fame 2003 Inductees

East Carolina University’s College of Education is pleased to have had this opportunity to recognize thirty-two 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 Saturday, October 25, 2003.

We were also honored to receive an address at this year’s ceremony by Betty Debnam-Hunt. Ms. Debnam-Hunt is creator and publisher of the Mini-Pages, circulated in over 500 newspapers throughout the nation.

The 2003 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Janet Hodges Alligood2003yesOutstanding and Dedicated
K-4 Teacher from 1955-1993,
With Time Out for Jordan, Dwayne, and Brian.
"Always Helping Students Do Their Best"
Helen Edwards Bradley2003yesTo One Who Has Been Exemplary
In Her Enthusiasm As A Teacher
of English Literature and The French Language
In Our Public High Schools
Esther Albritton Cameron2003yesEducator, Leader of Women,
Friend to All

"A Life Lived in Grace"
John Dornan2003Dedication and Contribution to North Carolina
Schools Through Exceptional Leadership of the
Public School Forum of North Carolina
Janice Hardison Faulkner2003yesInspiring Teacher, Dedicated and Distinguished Educator
Competent and Caring Administrator
Loyal and Active Alumna
North Carolina Secretary of Revenue,
Acting Secretary of State, and Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
Dr. Willie James Gilchrist2003Superintendent of Halifax County Schools
Outstanding Educator and Leader
Family: Wife, Jacqueline
Children: Wyvondalyn, Steven, and Willie II
Lucille Gorham2003Pastoral Assistant, St. Gabriel's Catholic Church
Member, Pitt County School Board for 14 Years; Substitute Teacher
Greenville Schools; Member, Greenville Beautification Committee;
Member, Board of Ethics, Pitt County Memorial Hospital
A Lovely Person of Compassion and Courage
Doris Shelton Hawkins2003yesNC Home Economics Teacher of the Year
LEA Teacher of the Year, Volunteer and Mentor
Devoted Wife, Mother, and Nana
Until They Know How Much You Care
Dr. Cleveland Melvin Hawkins2003yesCivic, Community, and Education Leader
Devoted Husband, Dad, and Pa
Phi Sigma Pi Fraternity, Avid Pirate
Freddie Olivia Barrett Hill2003yes30 Years of Elementary Teaching Excellence
Her Greatest joy in Teaching Comes From Helping Students
Accomplish Their Goals, no Matter how big or Small,
in the Classroom and in Life.
Dr. Keith D. Holmes2003Professor of Education 1951-1975
Teacher and Mentor
Founded the Holmes Reading Clinic
Barbara Jones2003yes"To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge
is....the greatest benefit that can be
conferred upon mankind."
John Quincy Adams
Phillip J. Kirk Jr.2003yesIn Recognition for Outstanding Commitment and Dedication
to the children of North Carolina Through Exceptional
Leadership of the North Carolina State Board
of Education.
Mary Cox Kiser2003BA & M.ED Early Childhood,
University of South Carolina
National Board Certified in Social Studies
1998 Teacher of the Year
Piedmont Middle School, Monroe, NC
Sheila Warlick London2003Middle School Educator
Teacher of the Year
Dedicated to Excellence for All Leaders
Starlette McCollum200330 Years of Service to Unionville Elementary School
An Outstanding, Loyal, and Dedicated Teacher
Who Gave Selflessly and Willingly To Others
Nancy Bissette Morgan2003yesBS Social Work 1986
MAED Counselor Education 1995
A friend who helped so many to
cross bridges to new horizons.
Ellen Johnson Pauling2003yesElementary Counselor and
Special Teacher
To Be the Best That They Can Be.
Project Heart2003yesMeeting the Challenge:
A Commitment to Academic Success for Every Child,
A Partnership of Schools, Parents, and other Community
Organizations to Make a Difference Through Service
Charles R. Ross2003yesA Dedicated Teacher, Principal, Director of Instruction
Associate Superintendent, University Instructor
and a True Optimist.
Help the Learner be Successful.
Charles E. Russell, Ed.D.2003yesIn Recognition of Outstanding Service and Leadership
For Thirty-Two Years at Pitt Community College,
Nineteen Years As President.
Dr. Marilyn Sheerer 2003A visionary leader whose expertise,
dedication & enthusiasm inspire us all.
Sarah Laughlin Shelton2003yesA Dedicated Educator Who Inspired
High Standards and a Commitment
to Excellence in Both School and Community.
Linda Steed2003yesHoke County Educator
Taught High School Senior English 1969-86
Asst. Principal 1986-1990, Principal 1990-1993
Director of Instruction 1993-1995
Director of Accountability and Testing 1995-1999
Julie Peterson Swinson2003yesShe enjoyed teaching and nurturing 1st Graders who belonged
to someone else. Now she is teaching her own and continues
to impact the memories of the hundreds of young minds who
learned to read and write, be polite, and hopefully,
turn out just right.
Kathy Arnold Taft2003yesOutstanding Advocate For Excellence In Education
Political Leader
State Board of Education Member
Dennis Stuart Teel2003yesLet Me Be Forever Remembered Through:
A Smile on a Child's Face, Success of a New Teacher,
Renewed Vision of a Veteran Educator and Finally,
As a Grateful Son, Brother, Uncle, and Friend.
Bertha Hart Tripp2003yesGraduate of ECU
An Outstanding Educator for Thirty-Six Years
In Elementary Education for
Dr. William F. Troutman Jr.2003yesBS, Western Carolina; MA, PhD, Duke University
Professor of Political Science, 1964-1988
Chair, Department of Political Science, 1966-1979
Managing Editor; Politics and Policy,
Journal of the North Carolina Political Science Association
Dr. Michael Ward2003yesCommunicates the Needs and Lives the Dream
of Improving the Future for All Young People.
Dorris Lambert Warren2003yesSix Year Degree ECU
Counselor, Public Schools - 20 Years
Counselor, Fayetteville Tech Community College - 10 Years
Sampson County School Board Chair
Senator Edward N. Warren2003yesEducator & Administrator
North Carolina Senator
Life Long Commitment To Education and ECU
Advocate of Strong
Moral and Personal Values
Edith I. Holmes Williams2003yesOutstanding Greenville Junior High School Teacher
Loved by Her Students
An Innovator and Mentor In the Classroom