Educators Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

East Carolina University’s College of Education is pleased to have had this opportunity to recognize 26 individuals 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 18, 2014.

We were honored to receive an address at this year’s ceremony by Jessica Ballance, Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship Recipient.

The 2014 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Alan R. Bailey2014yesAdvocate for reading, literacy,
and lifelong learnin
Nancy Jane Glaser Bray2014yesConsummate Educator and Mentor
French, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics
”All I ever Wanted Was to be a Teacher”
She Made a Difference.
Suzanne J. Brooks2014yesDedicated Education Philanthropist
COE Professional Advisory Board Member
ECU Foundation Board Member
Herbert R. Carlton2014yesEast Carolina College, B.S. 1952, M.A. 1954
Social Studies Department, Assistant Professor 1952-1964
Political Science Department, Associate Professor 1964-94
Anne Barker Faulkenberry2014yesOutstanding Educator, Advisory, & Coordinator
Positively Impacting the Students & Teachers
Of Eastern NC Through
ECU’s Innovative Partnership East
Dr. Diane L. Frost201437 years in service to student success
Asheboro City Schools
Barbara P. Glatthorn2014A Believer in Education
Kathryn Carroll Gower2014yesThey may forget what she said,
But they will never forget
How she made them feel.
A Special Educator, Wife, Mother, and Friend
Bruce Elliot Gray2014yesTeacher, Coach, Assistant Principal,
And Principal
Served students of Pitt County Schools
James Henry Jones2014Through Vision, Leadership, and Fair Play
He Transformed the Educational Landscape
in Northampton County
NC’s1st Black School Board Chairman
Jena Gurganus Kerns2014yesHer Dedication to Student Success
and Her Love of Literature
Kept her Motivated and Appreciated
During Her 30 Years of Teaching
Dr. Jerry Edward McGee2014yesPresident – Wingate University – 1992-2015
His Visionary and Bold Leadership
Ushered in an Era of Growth, Success
and Prominence for Wingate University
Debbie Metcalf2014Servant Leader * Beloved Mentor
A Master Teacher Who Believes Each Student is a Star!
We all learn in different ways.
Let your strengths shine!
Cynthia Parker Miller2014yesTeaching and studying
at a distance is an
effective educational strategy.
Dr. Dorothy Hiott Muller2014A Dedicated and Respected Advocate of Education
And Leadership Excellence
Jane B. Reel2014yesI strived to make learning a fun adventure for “my kids”
and for myself.
“A little nonsense now and then
is relished by the wisest men.”
Roald Dahl
Deborah Wiggins Seehorn2014Providing Leadership, Inspiration, and Vision for
Mathematics, Business, and Computing Education
DeAnne Smith2014yesBeaufort County Schools Educator
“To the world you may be one person; but to one person
you may be the world.”
Dr. Seuss
Gail Dillahunt Smith2014yes“By the Grace of God I Am
What I Am”…A Dedicated Wife,
Mother, Grandmother and Educator
J.H. Rose Teacher of the Year 2005-2006
EC Teacher of Excellence 2006
James Russell Smith Jr.2014yesTeacher, Administrator, Teacher Educator
And Textbook Author
Patricia H. Smith2014yesNorthampton County Educator
“A woman guided by God in
life and love”
Mary Ann Southern2014“Train up a child in the way he
should go: and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.”
Betty S. Speir2014yesA Lifetime of Service
Champion for Education
and for East Carolina University
Becky Howard Taylor2014yesSpecial Educator Dedicated to
Helping Students Succeed
Strong Advocate for Education
Sylvan Learning Franchisee
NC State Board of Education Member
Frank Pleasant Teague Jr.2014Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, NC
Wake Forest University BA History
Captain United States Army; Devoted Teacher
A Dedicated, Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather
Wife: Charlotte; Sons Frank III and Dwain
Sherryl Ezzell Tipton2014yes“A Tradition of Dance Excellence”
Combining a Love of dance with innovative education
methods encouraging students that…
dreams can come true
Gwen Goodson Jeffreys2014yes
Dr. Gene Daniel Lanier2014yes"A Book is Easier To Burn Than It Is To Explain"
Fervent Advocate of Intellectual and Personal Freedom
Protecting Our Nation's Libraries and Schools
40 Years of Service, East Carolina University 1959-1999
Dr. Patrick C. Miller2014yesGreene County School