Educators Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees

The ECU College of Education inducted 4 people into the Educators Hall of Fame at a ceremony in November 2021 in Fletcher Recital Hall. The Hall of Fame highlights the service of teachers, administrators and educational advocates in North Carolina and beyond.

The 2021 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Kermit George Buckner, Jr.2021Sharing the knowledge and skills needed by future leaders in education was his passion and joy
Betty Margaret Morris Carroll2021yesPeople don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Observation, Opportunity, Ownership
Tracy LaVerne Cole2021yesA life-long learner who works to encourage, inspire, nurture, and bless all with whom she encounters.
Kay Crandall2021yesAll educators wish for that moment when they see the spark in a student’s eyes. In that moment, anything is possible.
Kristy Gurkins Dail2021yesDedicated Advocate, Passionate Teacher, Devoted Mentor. Committed to whatever it takes to build a thriving school community at FCHS
Adrienne Marie Dunning2021yesForever a Pirate, Creative Educator and Author, A Joyful Spirit who encouraged friends and co-workers
Mary Olivia Traynham Floyd2021yesWhen asked what her fondest memory was of East Carolina..."I remember when the first boy came on campus and boy, was he popular!"
James Orlando McDowelle2021The life of an educator embodies the Classic Greek definition of excellence: The exercise of vital powers, in a life.
Ronald L. Mitchelson2021Professor
Mission Driven
Servant Leader
Nick Nosbisch2021yesNC Teaching Fellow Class of 2011. Best Known as “Noz” or Coach Noz. His natural ability to connect with and mentor young people built a legacy beyond his years.
Lok R. Pokhrel2021In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Education, Superior Performance, and Unconditional Mentoring and Care That Touched the Lives of Many and Shaped Their Path to Success
Marsha Craft Tripp2021yesChallenge yourself, keep your sense of humor, and most of all have compassion and you will be the best special educator ever