Educators Hall of Fame 2008 Inductees

East Carolina University’s College of Education is pleased to have had this opportunity to recognize 23 individuals 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 are given to outstanding education majors. The awards ceremony was held Saturday, October 18th, 2008 on the campus of East Carolina University in Fletcher Recital Hall.

The featured speaker for the event was Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson, State Superintendent, NC Department of Public Instruction.

The 2008 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Wynnette Garner Alexander2008yesUsed the Power of Teacher Education and Faith
to Enrich the Lives She Touches
East Carolina College 1957
Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson2008First Female Elected State Superintendent
Lifelong Educator and Champion of Innovation
Tony Banks2008yesUnconditionally,
Tony Banks Affected the Lives
Of Students and Friends
For a Lifetime
Gina Prescott Beaman2008yes2008-2009 Creekside Elementary School
Teacher of the Year
2008-2009 Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year
Dorothy Midgett Brannan2008yesShe loved teaching and always tried to give her
students a challenge. The achievements of her
students was her reward.
Sylvian Knowles Brooks2008yesTeacher, Supervisor, Principal
and Community Leader
Austin Warren Bunch2008Outstanding Teacher, Teacher Educator,
Special Needs Advocate, University Administrator,
Civil Leader and Servant Leader
Mary Elizabeth McKim Corbin2008yesAn educator, wife, daughter, and friend who
encouraged students to be lifelong learners and
fostered the attitude that life is to be enjoyed.
Ernestine Wynne Garner2008yesAn inspired woman of faith
who felt it a privilege to attend ECTC
and share her enthusiasm for learning.
East Carolina Teachers College 1928
Dorothy Jean Good Pruitt2008yesExemplary educational leader serving Granville County
and North Carolina from 1956-2002.
Extraordinary teacher, distinguished principal,
DPI consultant, and Chairman of the Granville
County Board of Education.
Anthony Y. Gray2008yesSchool Social Worker, Mentor, Friend,
Creator of Programming in Which
Individuals and Groups Reach
Beyond Their Own Expectations and
Never Again Settle for Anything Less.
Lilla G. Holsey2008Teacher, Mentor, Colleague and Friend
Admired, respected and revered for her commitment and
dedication to Career and Technical Education
Department of Business and Information Technologies Education
Lennon Woodward Hooper2008yesTeacher, Ranger, Planner, Manager and Author
He believes in making the world a better place -
Education and volunteering are important.
Gwen Goodson Jeffreys2008yesMy life is enriched by my experience at ECU. Graduating
from this University has enabled me to grow spiritually,
socially, physically, and mentally.
Paul Edward Jones2008yesDedicated Father, Coach and Mentor to
many young people throughout
Eastern North Carolina.
Charles E. Long2008yesHigh School Principal, Director, Educational Leader
Mentor to aspiring administrators, and
Community College Trustee
Rita Reavis Reaves2008yesHigh school teacher, community college instructor,
university professor and administrator.
Believe in every student.
Pamela Bass Strickland2008yesTeacher, Coach and Mentor
Goal: To help each student reach their highest
potential physically, mentally and socially.
John A. Swope2008An esteemed educator
who has perservered to expand minds both
professionally and personally -
education is a part of every facet of his life.
Jerry R. Tolley2008yesCoach, Teacher, Administrator, Author, Community Servant,
Mayor, National Football Coach of the Year
ECU Athletics Hall of Fame
ECU "HHP" Centennial Leadership Medallion
Sarah Carver Williams2008yesPrivileged to be a Wife, Mother,
Teacher and Professor.
Ted Lee Williams, Sr.2008yesA loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend
He was a pioneer, visionary, encourager and mentor
in his industry.
Proud to be a Pirate!