Educators Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

The ECU College of Education inducted 18 people into the Educators Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Fletcher Recital Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The Hall of Fame highlights the service of teachers, administrators and educational advocates in North Carolina and beyond.

This year’s Hall of Fame scholarship recipient, Grace Harper, spoke at the ceremony about why she chose to pursue teaching as her career. “Teachers help students not only learn academic skills that will be important later on in life, they also teach their students many personal skills that help them succeed on a different level,” said Harper. “Teachers can teach students how to think creatively and independently and how to trust and believe in themselves.”

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Charles Coble, the former dean of the ECU College of Education and past chair of the COE Professional Advisory Board. He spoke about the importance of teachers and education as well as why funding scholarships is crucial. “Higher education is costly and out of reach for many of our hard-working fellow citizens. That reality was one of my heartbreaks when I served as dean – so many students struggled to stay in college and pursue their dream of becoming a teacher,” Coble said. Coble also thanked all of the donors for their contributions. “The inductees and the donors’ generosity will create a legacy that will support future teachers far out into the future,” he said.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Andrea Mills Blackwood2019yesEast Carolina University Alumnus
1983 B.S. and 2005 MAEd.
Mother to Lee, who taught her to celebrate ALL Abilities
and teach passionately as a Special Educator
Sherry Rae Buck2019yesHelping children develop as self-motivated independent learners
with the confidence to face a changing world full of challenges
since 1986.
J. Christopher Buddo2019Musician and Educator
Kathy Godley Clark, NBCT2019yesNC Business & Marketing Educator
Microsoft IT Academy Pilot Teacher
Kathy's lifelong goal has been helping
others to achieve their goals.
Christa L. Farmer2019"Within the child
lies the fate of the future"
- Dr. Maria Montessori
Lynn Pritchett Harrington2019yesLoves sharing her knowledge
of the natural world
with students.
Dr. Mark Edward L'Esperance2019Middle Grades Education Faculty
1998 - 2019
Professor and Department Chair
Co-founder Building Hope CLC
Mabel James Perry2019yesShe spent a lifetime making memories through God
with her family, friends and students
at North Pitt High School
as a teacher and coach.
Mr. Henry Pryce2019yesServed as a classroom teacher and coach for a decade
before committing his career to the safety of
public school students and employees.
Gail Watson Richards2019yesLoving, Passionate Educator
Fair Leader
Advocate for all Students
Kathy Sue Gaskins Riggs2019yesAn amazing woman capable of balancing motherhood
and the dream of a career in education. She did it with
integrity and leadership. But most of all
with a love for her students and friends.
Dr. Clinton Herbert Strong2019Dr. Strong brought creativity and excitement to his classroom.
He was revered by his students and admired by his colleagues.
Truly a professor to be remembered for a lifetime.
Madeline Davis Tucker2019yesA Dedicated Lifelong Learner, and Committed Advocate
For Career and Technical Education Which Expands Career Options
Affecting and Changing the Lives of Students and Families.
Janis Taylor Tucker2019Teaching is an awesome responsibility.
You have to be a master of all other professions rolled into one.
Go for it!!
You'll be glad you did.
Lynne Wigent2019yesHonored to be included with many great teachers.
"Good teachers teach. Great teachers inspire."
- Author unknown
Alana M. Zambone2019Learned more from students and families
than she ever taught them, particularly that
the joy and challenge of teaching is in
discovering how each child best learns.
Dorothy B. Tolson2019yesThankful that God allowed her to obtain an
education and work experience
that enabled her to teach adults for almost 40 years.