Educators Hall of Fame 2017 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 2017 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below.
|Name||Induction Year||ECU Alumni?||Plaque Inscription|
|Joseph B. Atkins||2017||yes||Teacher and Writer
Advocate for Social Justice
Proud ECU Graduate and Pirate
|Alan R. Bailey||2017||yes||Advocate for reading, literacy,
and lifelong learning.
|Cindi Branch Brown||2017||yes||Who taught that mathematics is not just about
numbers and algorithms:
it is about understanding.
An excellent math teacher, mentor, and friend.
|Michael Landreth Donnell||2017||yes||"Students don't care
how much you know
until they know
how much you care."
|Regina Figueiredo-Brown||2017||Her intelligence, ethics, graciousness, and courage continue to inspire.
We are better for having had the opportunity to call her friend.
|Sharon Harris Floyd||2017||yes||A Heart for Students
with Special Needs and
|Lawrence Jay Hodgkins||2017||yes||Servant before Leader
|Gwenlyn Goodson Jeffreys||2017||yes||Gwenlyn Goodson Jeffreys|
|Megon Ann Clayton Mancini||2017||yes||East Carolina Teaching Fellow
A passion for learning
A passion for teaching
A Pirate for Life!
|Dionna Leigh Drape Manning||2017||yes||East Carolina University, B.S., M.A.Ed., and Ed.D.
Office of Educator Preparation, Program Director
Education Community of Scholars and Living-Learning community
|Ernest Roy McNair, Jr.||2017||His Dedication and Commitment
Enhanced the Lives of Students and Teachers.
His Legacy will be Remembered Forever
|Rodney Lynn McNeill||2017||yes||Dedicated to making a positive impact on the world,
one relationship at a time.
|Karen Catoe Meetze||2017||yes||"Mama Meetze"
Daughter, Wife, Mom & Grammy
Music Educator & Choral Director
Instilling the Love of Music in All Her "Children"
LOVE FIRST. Then, TEACH!
|Miriam Grace Sexton Mitchell||2017||yes||Dedicated and Gifted Educator
With gratitude for a career devoted
to the highest professional standards for
early childhood learning and development
|Sarah DeRitter Mitchelson||2017||National Board Certified Teacher
Elementary Educator and Child Advocate
|Tara Wooten Parker||2017||yes||An educational leader who
motivates others to
|Sandra Kay Eldridge Seay||2017||An advocate for the power of
formal education to better the
lives of children and all others
|Edison Earl Watson||2017||50 years of dedicated service
to North Carolina Public Schools
Teacher, Administrator, University Supervisor