Educators Hall of Fame 2010 Inductees

East Carolina University’s College of Education is pleased to have had this opportunity to recognize 13 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 6, 2010.

We were honored to receive an address at this year’s ceremony by Dr. William Harrison, current Chair of the NC State Board of Education.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below.

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Victoria Doreen Yarbrough Atwater2010Teacher, child advocate, educational surrogate parent
Dedicated to the education and rights of
children with special needs
A vigilant supporter to many disadvantaged children
Charles Snipes Atwater2010yesBusinessman, Teacher, Community Servant
Special Interest in children with learning
differences & the disadvantaged
Committed to raising funds to benefit teachers and to advance
innovative teaching methods in the public schools
Communities in Schools of Pitt County In Memory of Kathy Taft2010The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students
with a community of support, empowering them to
stay in school and achieve in life.
Ella E. Tyson Harris2010yesDaughter, Wife, Mother
Advisor, Mentor, Friend
C.M. Eppes/J.H. Rose
Dr. William C. Harrison2010yesVisionary thinker, dedicated educator, and
decisive leader who sees infinite possibilities
in the eyes of all children and who works
tirelessly to protect their right to the
promise of education.
John Smith2010yesDedicated his time to managing
resources spent on
educating our future.
Grace W. Hooper2010"May I live in a house beside the road,
and be a friend to man."
Nancy Jane Miller Houston2010Outstanding educator and leader.
Her legacy will live on through the many she has touched,
including her two daughters, both wonderful teachers.
Dr. Patricia F. MacNeill2010yesA Lifelong Learned and Educator
Sarah Stallings May2010yes100 years and still serving:
Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
teacher, friend, church leader, artist, poet
and civic leader
Olive McCallum Smith2010yesTeacher, Mentor, Church Leader
ECU Supervising Teacher
She lives forever in the hearts
of high school students she taught.
Odell Luther Welborn2010Leadership in preparation for life
through Athletics, Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Safety
Mollie O'Neal McKeithan Young2010yesTeaching Philosophy-A teacher's
job extends beyond instruction. We are not
only educators, but a support system for
our students' success.