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. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Joseph B. Atkins2017yesTeacher and Writer
Advocate for Social Justice
Proud ECU Graduate and Pirate
Alan R. Bailey2017yesAdvocate for reading, literacy,
and lifelong learning.
Cindi Branch Brown2017yesWho taught that mathematics is not just about
numbers and algorithms:
it is about understanding.
An excellent math teacher, mentor, and friend.
Michael Landreth Donnell2017yes"Students don't care
how much you know
until they know
how much you care."
Regina Figueiredo-Brown2017Her intelligence, ethics, graciousness, and courage continue to inspire.
We are better for having had the opportunity to call her friend.
Sharon Harris Floyd2017yesA Heart for Students
with Special Needs and
At-Risk Youth!
Lawrence Jay Hodgkins2017yesServant before Leader
Build Community
Establish Trust
Inspire Others
Gwenlyn Goodson Jeffreys2017yesGwenlyn Goodson Jeffreys
Megon Ann Clayton Mancini2017yesEast Carolina Teaching Fellow
A passion for learning
A passion for teaching
A Pirate for Life!
Dionna Leigh Drape Manning2017yesEast 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.2017His Dedication and Commitment
Enhanced the Lives of Students and Teachers.
His Legacy will be Remembered Forever
Rodney Lynn McNeill2017yesDedicated to making a positive impact on the world,
one relationship at a time.
Karen Catoe Meetze2017yes"Mama Meetze"
Daughter, Wife, Mom & Grammy
Music Educator & Choral Director
Instilling the Love of Music in All Her "Children"
Miriam Grace Sexton Mitchell2017yesDedicated and Gifted Educator
With gratitude for a career devoted
to the highest professional standards for
early childhood learning and development
Sarah DeRitter Mitchelson2017National Board Certified Teacher
Elementary Educator and Child Advocate
Tara Wooten Parker2017yesAn educational leader who
motivates others to
achieve excellence
Sandra Kay Eldridge Seay2017An advocate for the power of
formal education to better the
lives of children and all others
Edison Earl Watson201750 years of dedicated service
to North Carolina Public Schools
Teacher, Administrator, University Supervisor