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.
|Name||Induction Year||ECU Alumni?||Plaque Inscription|
|Wynnette Garner Alexander||2008||yes||Used the Power of Teacher Education and Faith
to Enrich the Lives She Touches
East Carolina College 1957
|Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson||2008||First Female Elected State Superintendent
Lifelong Educator and Champion of Innovation
Tony Banks Affected the Lives
Of Students and Friends
For a Lifetime
|Gina Prescott Beaman||2008||yes||2008-2009 Creekside Elementary School
Teacher of the Year
2008-2009 Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year
|Dorothy Midgett Brannan||2008||yes||She loved teaching and always tried to give her
students a challenge. The achievements of her
students was her reward.
|Sylvian Knowles Brooks||2008||yes||Teacher, Supervisor, Principal
and Community Leader
|Austin Warren Bunch||2008||Outstanding Teacher, Teacher Educator,
Special Needs Advocate, University Administrator,
Civil Leader and Servant Leader
|Mary Elizabeth McKim Corbin||2008||yes||An educator, wife, daughter, and friend who
encouraged students to be lifelong learners and
fostered the attitude that life is to be enjoyed.
|Ernestine Wynne Garner||2008||yes||An 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 Pruitt||2008||yes||Exemplary 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. Gray||2008||yes||School 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. Holsey||2008||Teacher, 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 Hooper||2008||yes||Teacher, Ranger, Planner, Manager and Author
He believes in making the world a better place -
Education and volunteering are important.
|Gwen Goodson Jeffreys||2008||yes||My life is enriched by my experience at ECU. Graduating
from this University has enabled me to grow spiritually,
socially, physically, and mentally.
|Paul Edward Jones||2008||yes||Dedicated Father, Coach and Mentor to
many young people throughout
Eastern North Carolina.
|Charles E. Long||2008||yes||High School Principal, Director, Educational Leader
Mentor to aspiring administrators, and
Community College Trustee
|Rita Reavis Reaves||2008||yes||High school teacher, community college instructor,
university professor and administrator.
Believe in every student.
|Pamela Bass Strickland||2008||yes||Teacher, Coach and Mentor
Goal: To help each student reach their highest
potential physically, mentally and socially.
|John A. Swope||2008||An esteemed educator
who has perservered to expand minds both
professionally and personally -
education is a part of every facet of his life.
|Jerry R. Tolley||2008||yes||Coach, Teacher, Administrator, Author, Community Servant,
Mayor, National Football Coach of the Year
ECU Athletics Hall of Fame
ECU "HHP" Centennial Leadership Medallion
|Sarah Carver Williams||2008||yes||Privileged to be a Wife, Mother,
Teacher and Professor.
|Ted Lee Williams, Sr.||2008||yes||A loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend
He was a pioneer, visionary, encourager and mentor
in his industry.
Proud to be a Pirate!