Educators Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees

East Carolina University’s College of Education is pleased to have had this opportunity to recognize 17 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, November 21, 2009.

We were honored to receive an address at this year’s ceremony by Dr. James Johnson, Jr.

The 2009 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Laura G. Avery2009yesA director who not only cares about
her students' musical talent, but also
cares about how they grow as
young adults.
Vivian Martin Covington2009yesExcellent Science Teacher
Director of Teacher Education
Dedicated Pirate Fan
100% ECU – BS, MAEd, CAS, EdD
Dianne Jones Gaskill2009yesTeacher, Administrator, Colleague, Friend
Grateful to Have Had the Opportunity
To Share in Molding the Lives
of Our Future Generation
Anita Rogers Rish-Hodgkins2009yesLearner, Teacher
"Education is about teaching processes."
A True Pirate – Dedicated to Service
Exceptional, Caring, Loyal
Brenda Hutchinson Hope2009In 35 years she never let bureaucracy
interfere with loving and teaching a child.
She turned disability into potential
and potential into productive citizens.
Kimberly Moore Jessup2009yes2008-2009 Wintergreen Intermediate Teacher of the Year
2009-2009 Pitt County Teacher of the Year
"Teaching Minds, Touching Hearts"
Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr.2009William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy
and Entrepreneurship
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Entrepreneur, Demographer, Scholar, Community Leader
Native of Farmville, NC
 Carolyn Cox Ledford2009ECU Associate Professor
Teacher, Advisor, Mentor
Global Educator
Japanese Partnership Leader
Brenda Turner Lewis2009yesHer passion and enthusiasm for education
along with her desire to serve and give
are a continuing inspiration for others.
Nannie Barbee Morton2009yesBeloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, teacher, friend.
Woman of great faith, lifelong learner.
A heart filled with charity and love for mankind.
Dr. Phillis Quinn Ostheim2009yes"Where there is no vision,
the people perish."
Proverbs 29:18
Vann Winston Pennell2009yes"Being pretty good is not good enough"
You can tell the character of an individual
by what it takes to make them quit. Vann
has never quit on his family, his friends,
his faculty or his students and he never will.
Ovid Williams Pierce2009A mild mannered Southern Gentleman, Army
Counterintelligence Officer, Professor, Confidant, Mentor
Adviser to ECU Kappa Alpha Order – Gamma Rho Chapter.
Author of The Plantation and four other books.
Beverly B. Reep2009Superintendent
Pitt County Schools
A Visionary Instructional Educator
A Caring and Thoughtful Leader
Julia (Jewelle) Stokes Rogers2009yesVocational Home Economics, Introduction to Vocations, Adults, 
Science and Elementary Education Teacher, Community and
Church Leadership, Cheerleading as a Pirate
Its all about "attitude" while getting to your destination!
Dr. Ronald B. Singletary2009Distinguished Superintendent of Onslow County Schools 1991-2006
North Carolina Superintendent of the Year
A respected teacher, principal, and educational leader
totally committed to serving his students, parents, teachers,
staffs, and communities
Linda Gaskill Thorell2009yesTeacher, mother, wife and friend of many.
An educator for 33 years who took students
to the next level of their life
and loved every step.