Educators Hall of Fame 2005 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 Saturday, October 8th, 2005.

We were also honored to receive an address at this year’s ceremony by Mrs. Wendy Adams Miller. Mrs. Miller is the 2005-2006 North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

The 2005 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Mr. William A. Ballance 2005N.C. State Graduate
Began Vocational Agriculture Program in Hometown
Taught 31 Years in Wayne County Schools
A Dedicated Teacher Admired by his Students
Mrs. Estelle Aycock Ballance 2005Education Began in One-Room School
1925 NCWC Graduate
Taught in Kinston and Goldsboro
Great Inspiration to her Family and to her Students
Dr. Joseph Greene Boyette2005yesCommitted to Sharing his Broad Knowledge
and Deep Love of the Ecology
of Eastern North Carolina
Molly Corbett Broad2005She Dedicated her Professional Career to Higher Education and
Elevated Teacher Education as a University-wide Priority Across
the 16-campus University of North Carolina
Dr. Shirley Ann Carraway2005yesWhat makes her a great educator:
Respect for the humanity in each person she meets,
Genuine affection for children and teenagers,
The gift of common sense, and unflagging work ethic,
A lighthearted sense of humor, and delight in life's gifts.
Vera Loftin Claybrook2005yesSetting the highest standards of probity, proficiency, and
professionalism, she opened the windows of grammar and
let in the fresh air of literacy.
She is a world class leader.
Dr. Harold Carter Griffin2005His Caring, Patience, and Kind Smile
leads us to see the Potential in Everyone and Every Situation
Carolyn Matthews Jones2005yesSmall Town Girl who Followed Her Dreams.
North Carolina Teacher, Florida Parks and Recreation Director,
Ohio Prison Systems Rehabilitation Director
Harold A. Jones2005yesMusician, Professor,
Mentor, Community Leader
Committed to Integrity and Excellence in Education
Dr. Chia-yu Li2005His passion for learning and teaching, his intensity and
excitement serve as spark and inspiration for students of all
ages. He is truly the consummate educator.
Professor and Chairman, ECU Department of Chemistry
Tom Mallison2005yesAdvocate of Life Long Learning, Continuous Improvement and
Strategic Planning. ECU SGA President, ECU Alumni Distinguished
Service Award, College of Education Advancement Council,
ECU Board of Visitors, Pirate Club President,
FRIENDS S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Service
Dr. George C. Martin Jr.2005"...inimitable style..."
" devotion..."
Larry Stephen Mazingo2005yesA career dedicated to the idea that
"to prosper we must love, protect
and educate our children"
Wendy Adams Miller2005yesShe produces miracles in the lives of her students through her
teaching magic and passion for learning.
Her magic comes not from a hat or wand, but from her heart.
Marguerite Austin Perry2005Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, ECU 1940-1987
She believes it is not enough to speak the language of another
people; we must open our minds and hearts to embrace the whole
John Lanier Roberson2005yesTeacher - Principal - Mentor
He Challenged his Students to Excel
In the Study of Mathematics and Science.
Nell A. Stallings2005Dedicated ECU Professor of Physical Education for 35 years
She is Remembered as a Quiet, Caring, and Innovative
Teacher who Walked Beside her Students to Guide Them.
Dr. William Scott Thomson2005Ph.D. Elementary Education, The Florida State University, 1986
Dedicated ECU Professor of Elementary Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction 1990-2005
Teacher, Researcher, Servant, Mentor
Susan Laney Thomson2005yesEast Carolina University Alumnus 1982 B.S. and 1984 MAEd.
Dedicated Pitt County Schools Teacher, Mentor, Staff
Developer, and Teacher Educator 1982-2004
Lifetime Learner and Teacher
Dr. Ivan G. Wallace2005Innovative, Visionary, Professor and Chairperson
College of Education, East Carolina University
Advancing Technology Throughout
the Business Education Curriculum
Marie S. Williams2005yesA devoted wife, mother, teacher, and
dedicated supporter of East Carolina University
who truly loves children and is an
advocate for life long learning.