Educators Hall of Fame 2022 Inductees

The ECU College of Education inducted 16 people into the Educators Hall of Fame at a ceremony in November 2022 in Fletcher Recital Hall. The Hall of Fame highlights the service of teachers, administrators and educational advocates in North Carolina and beyond.

The 2022 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Terry Stafford Atkinson2022"To learn to read is to light a fire."
Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Renea Medford Baker2022yesFor her Dedication, Passion, and Leadership in the Teaching of Mathematics for High School Students and Pre-Service Teachers
Rachel Hobbs Bass2022yesLove believes all things. Love believes every child can learn.
Love believes that every child is worth the best we can give every single day. Love never fails.
John Pershing (Jack) Bobbitt, Jr.2022yesForever a pirate. His humorous spirit, kindness, compassion and selflessness built unforgettable relationships with his students, players, their families and communities.
Patricia "Patch" Clark2022Professor, ECU School of Theatre and Dance
Coordinator, Theatre Arts Education
Head, Theatre for Youth
Founder and Director, ECU Storybook Theatre
Lloyd Y. Gardner2022yesVisionary leader and passionate educator
who models a commitment to excellence, mentors leadership development, inspires to believe in what is possible – all to champion student success.
William J. "Bill" Grobe2022As an educator, you have the opportunity to change a student’s life.
John F. Hamer2022yesA Role Model and Advocate for Students.
An Inspiration for Educators.
A Lifelong Teacher and Learner.
Charles Raymond Jenkins2022yesCharles was the Embodiment of ECU. Values = Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence. A consummate Educator, Mentor, and Public Servant.
Willie H. Joyner, Jr.2022yesThinking of Ourselves Today,
Developing Ourselves for Tomorrow
His Message is “Always Protect your Future
Steve Michael Lassiter, Jr.2022yesHis Passion was for Education, His Love was for the Children, and Every day He Gave His Best Because He Believed in the Work, and Led by Example.
Charlie Maurice Martin2022yesA community leader and man of faith, who demonstrated exemplary devotion to family, church, education, and his beloved pirates.
Cherry Lisa Rogerson2022yesTeacher and Counselor
Her passion, leadership, compassion, and dedication
have shaped generations of students and teachers.
Proud Pirate Educator
Sherry Jean Becton Tyer2022yesTrain up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.
David M. White2022Teacher and Leader
Instrumental in creating Health and Human Performance,
Naming Engineering and Technology, and
Growing the Honors College
Carmen Woodall Wondergem2022yesProud ECU Graduate
Dedicated Teacher of 33 Years in Virginia