Educators Hall of Fame Alumni Inductees

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.

All of the Hall of Fame Honorees that are ECU alumni are listed in the table below.

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Edna Earle Baker1999yesTeacher, Librarian, Principal, Supervisor
Beloved Friend, Civic Leader
Creator of Successful Individuals, School Systems, and Universities
Judith Highsmith Budacz1999yes"First A Teacher"
35 Year Career Educator
1997 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year
Stella Chambliss1999yesTeacher, Principal, Church Leader,
Visiting Lecturer;
Department of Educational Leadership
John B. Dunn1999yesTeacher, Mentor
Inspirer and Friend
Emiley J. Harvey1999yesMiddle School Educator, Mentor, Leader
Held High Expectations: Inspired and
Directed All Learners
Nancy S. Hemink1999yesA.G. Cox Middle School Principal;
Her Quiet, Focused Leadership And
High Expectations Produced
Exemplary Results.
Brownie R. Highsmith1999yesElementary Teacher Challenged And
Motivated All Learners Through
Innovative, Creative And Intellectually
Stimulating Teaching Methods
Elsie Celia Brame Hunt1999yes"I See Her On The Sofa In A Plain Cotton Dress
Teaching A Young Boy Wearing Clothes He Had
Farmed In All Day."
Governor James B. Hunt Jr.
Mary Gail T. Johnson1999yesContributor to Society And The Field of
Education Through Her Dedication And
Commitment To Excellence
Dr. Thomas R. Koballa1999yesExemplary Graduate,
Outstanding Science Educator,
Friend And Colleague
Dr. Peggy M. Koonce1999yesFaculty Emeritus, ECU
Expansion and Development of State
Kindergarten and Teacher Education
Walter C. Latham1999yesElon College Sports Hall of Fame - NCHSAA
Distinguished Service Award - Pitt County Principal
Of The Year, Coach, Teacher, and Mentor
Frances Harvey Mallison1999yesMiddle School Media
Life Long Advocate of Reading
Rose Cude McConnell1999yesGraduate of
East Carolina University 1958
Betty Helen Mobley1999yesTouched Many Young Lives
Kindergarten-First Grade
Teacher for 35 Years
Dr. Charles H. Moore1999yesProfessor, Psychology Department ECU 1968-1996
Dedicated To Excellence With High
Standards For Himself And Others
Alice Esther Morgan1999yesECU Alumna Of The Year 1987
ACEI President: Florida & International Chapters -
Teacher For 52 Years-
University of Florida Assoc. Professor
Frances K. Pressley1999yesA Dedicated And Caring Teacher
BA Flora McDonald College 1960
ECU: MAED Elementary Education 1977
MAED Administration 1980
Josephine Little Rawl1999yes1912 Graduate - Taught In One Room School
In Pitt Co. - Life Long Learner, Educator
Researcher & Mentor - Mama Jo was Active
Alumna To Age 95
Elizabeth E. Savage1999yesFounder A(delta)K in Pitt County
Outstanding Educator & Leader
NC Woman of Distinction
Every Day In Her Classroom Was An Adventure In Learning
Robert Riley Sawyer1999yesAB Degree: Business - 1959
BS Degree: Physical Education - 1960
Teacher & Athletic Director Grimsley High School
Greensboro NC 1961 - 1999
Susan Ballance Sawyer1999yesBS Degree: Primary Education 1961
Ann Rhem Schwarzmann1999yesPrimary & Special Education Teacher;
Innovative, Dedicated Educator Who
Motivated Students To Always Do Their Best
Moses Maurice Sheppard1999yesEast Carolina University Science Educator
A Man With Many Talents Who
Continues To Inspire And Educate Others
In Every Walk Of Life
Jean Mobley Stevens1999yesClassroom Teacher & High School
Counselor 1956-1984.
Eastern North Carolina Community Leader
Dr. Henry C. VanSant1999yesRespected Coach and Teacher
BS MAED East Carolina University
Puts Students First
Charles Stuart Ward1999yesMaster Teacher And Principal - University Administrator -
Builder of Confidence And Pride - Consummate Father,
Husband and Leader - UVA Doctorate
Edna Elizabeth Baker Ward1999yesElementary Teacher, Principal, Confidant;
University Instructor, Counselor, Leader;
Beloved Friend And Gifted Speaker
Margaret Cude Ward1999yesGraduate of East Carolina University 1961
BS MAED 1963
Senator Edward N. Warren1999yesEducator & Administrator
North Carolina Senator
Life Long Commitment To Education and ECU
Advocate of Strong
Moral and Personal Values
Mrs. Shannon Wilson Zerniak1999yesECU Graduate 1992
Student Teacher of the Year
Nominee For Teacher of the Year 1993
Leona Parson Arthur2000yesDedicated 3rd Grade Teacher for 39 Years
Jones and Onslow Counties
Love of God, Family, Friends, and Children
Was Her Blueprint For A Rewarding Life
Bobby W. Beasley2000yesTwenty-Nine Years of Dedicated Service
As a Teacher, Principal, Superintendent,
and Valued Friend
In Harnett County Schools
Laura Bilbro-Berry2000yes"In Honor of Her Dedication to the Teaching Profession,
For Her Leadership and Motivation Among Her Peers And
for Her Commitment to the Children of North Carolina"
North Carolina 2000-01 Teacher of the Year
Frances Evelyn Lloyd Bryan2000yesECU Class of 1928
Influenced Generations of Garner 1st Grade Children
Through Her Warm, Dedicated Spirit - 72 Years of Service
"You Must Love Children to Teach"
Emily S. Boyce2000yesTeacher, Counselor, Mentor
Leader and Friend
Pioneer In Library Education
Randall Brooks2000yesECU: BA 1969, MA Special Ed. 1973
MA Child Development 1977
Georgia State University: PhD 1981
Life Long Educator, Exceptional Father
Sam D. Bundy2000yesNC Education, Community & Government Leader
Educator for 43 Years
Including Principal Of Sam D. Bundy School
House of Representatives Member, Noted Speaker
Ann Morton Davis2000yesElementary School Teacher 1969-2000
ECU Outstanding Educator 1995
Making A Difference In Many Lives
Esther J. Draughon2000yesGifted Educator, Writer, and Speaker
Love and Gift of Relating Biblical Teachings
To Life's Experiences
"Obstacles Are Merely A Detour In Life's Journey"
Gail Taylor Edmondson2000yesMotivator, Friend, Mentor, & Visionary Whose Leadership and
Love of Children Led to Snow Hill Primary School Being
Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
2000 Wachovia Principal of the Year
Ann Wicker Harrison2000yesTeacher, Administrator, Counselor, Dedicated
To Nurturing The Growth Of All Learners.
We Are All Richer For Having Known You.
Gene Daniel Lanier2000yes"A Book is Easier To Burn Than It Is To Explain"
Fervent Advocate of Intellectual and Personal Freedom
Protecting Our Nation's Libraries and Schools
40 Years of Service, East Carolina University 1959-1999
Donald Yates Leggett2000yesEast Carolina University: BS 1958, MA 1962
Public School Teacher, Coach & Administrator
ECU Associate Vice Chancellor For
Alumni Relations, Retired 1997
Katheryn Coor Lewis2000yesService To The Education Profession
Began in 1945 and Continues With Excellence
"But What About The Children-"
Roscoe Locke2000yesIn recognition and appreciation
for being an outstanding and devoted principal.
Implicating "putting children first" in every school
he has been named the principal to date.
Janie E. Manning2000yesGovernor's Award of Excellence
East Carolina University Outstanding Educator 1996
1986 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year
Mentor, Humanitarian, Leader
Dowdy Hardy Miller2000yesExcellent Role Model For Christian Character
Including Integrity, Patience, Courage, Faithfulness,
Hard Work, and Indomitable Sense of Humor.
Warm and Caring Educator and Friend of Children
A. Louis Singleton2000yesBoard of Trustees
East Carolina University
1977-1980 and 1983-1987
Retired Attorney
Margaret Lewis Speight2000yesExtraordinary Teacher
Pitt County Schools - 42 Years
Inspired Children To Excellence
Devoted To Church, Family, and Friends
Lucille W. Stalls2000yesA Dedicated Educator Who Held Students
To High Standards
Each Of Her 38 Years Of Teaching
Ruth Allen White2000yesDean of Women
East Carolina University
Kappa Delta Sister and
Special Friend
George E. Williams2000yesAdmired Educator and Coach
Committed To Baseball For All Youth
Epitome of Professionalism
Dedicated Husband, Father & Grandfather
Thomas J. Williams2000yesTeacher, Coach, Principal, Superintendent
A Leader Whose Enthusiasm and Dedication
Inspired Business And Community Involvement
For North Carolina's Public Schools
Iris Smith Aldridge 2001yes"Love All of the Children, All of the Time,
Even Under Difficult Circumstances"
George Raz Autry Jr.2001yes"A Friend to Man"
Hoke County Principal, Superintendent
and Lay Leader
Lou Bradley Batton2001yesElementary School Educator
Mentor and Community Leader
A True Inspiration to Students and Peers
Bob Beasley2001yesTwenty-Nine Years of Dedicated Service
As a Teacher, Principal, Superintendent,
and Valued Friend
In Harnett County Schools
Miss Saxon Bray 2001yesMentor and Friend
Outstanding High School
Social Studies Teacher
Jack Britt, Ed.D2001yesSuperintendent Cumberland Schools 1980-1989
Outstanding Service Recognized by Naming of Jack Britt High School
Driven by Integrity, Devoted to Excellence
Campbell University Advancement Leader
Rep. Howard B. Chapin 2001yesFifty-Five Years of Community Service
To State of N.C. as Teacher, Coach and Legislator
Principal Sponsor of and Introduced Legislation for
"Legislators' School for Youth Leadership Development"
Mary Alice Chapin 2001yesForty-Five Years of Devoted Service
To Beaufort County's Education Community
Teacher, Leader, and Mentor of Education
Ron Clark 2001yesDisney American Teacher of the Year 2000
"Mr. Clark Took Us on Trips to Los Angeles, Washington DC, and NC,
But Through His Stories He Had Already Taken Us Around the World,
Without Ever Leaving the Classroom." Julius Coles, Harlem, NY
Candice (Mamie) Dixon2001yesViolinist, Loving Wife and Mother
Suzuki Music Teacher, Orchestra Director
Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Past President
Friends School of Music
Jerold H. Dixon 2001yesAn Educator Who Has Served His Community
Through the Military, Public Schools, and County Government
Loved and Admired By His Family
Ocey Lee Draughon2001yesTeacher of Elementary and
Special Education Students for Thirty-Three Years
Retired 1976
Lifelong Educator and Wonderful Mother
Dr. Robert N. Joyner2001yes"His Unyielding Dedication to Students and the Teaching Profession
Is Personified by Demanding of Himself and Others
Professionalism, Leadership, and Excellence In the
Teaching and Learning of Mathematics."
Robert Brown "Bob" Lee2001yesTeacher, Principal, Coach, Mentor
Touched Many Lives In His Community
Devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather
ECTC Class of 1950
Carrie Roberson Martin2001yesA Teacher Who Loved What She Did
Everyday for Forty Years
Educating Children
Marsha McLawhorn 2001yesInnovative Educator
Who Enriched the Lives of Children
A True Role Model, Teacher, Supervisor, and Principal
Beatrice "Bea" Stalls Mullen2001yesSchool Teacher, Librarian, 1933-1972
Dedicated to Her Job and Students
Delta Kappa Gamma, Senior Class Sponsor
Thomas H. Ragland2001yesDedicated Teacher, Administrator, Mentor
Forty-Two Years of "Commitment to Excellence in Education"
Craven County Schools and East Carolina University
Devoted Husband, Father, and Grandfather
John Lanier Roberson2001yesTeacher - Principal - Mentor
He Challenged his Students to Excel
In the Study of Mathematics and Science.
Mrs. Marie Bryant Salmon 2001yes"You Broadened Horizons and Showed Your
Students A Path Less Traveled,
Which Truly Made a Difference."
Coats High School, Class of 1965
Patricia Williams Sheppard2001yesEducator Whose Gift of Teaching
Will Always Be Reflected
In the Achievements and Lives of Her Students
Mr. H.L. Sorrell Jr.2001yes"Your Lifelong Example of Honor and Integrity
Will Be An Ongoing Legacy for
Your Profession and Community."
Coats High School, Class of 1965
Mrs. Pauline Hooks Spain2001yesPrimary School Educator
Promoted and Inspired High Standards of Education
Strong Dedication to School and Community
Kenneth L. Stalls2001yes"An Advocate of Technical and
Vocational Education"
Erma Benson Taylor2001yesElementary School Educator
With Lifelong Commitment of
Sharing the Power of Knowledge
Cynthia Bailey Adams 2002yesMiddle School Science Teacher
Director of Development, ECU School of Education
It's all About Education,
Teachers Make the Difference.
James B. Ballance 2002yesThirty Year Career As An Outstanding Teacher, Coach, Administrator, Athletic Trainer, Yearbook Advisor
Grimsley Senior High School
Willa Rae Harper Bullock 2002yesElementary Teacher
A Creative Teacher Who Provided a Positive Beginning for Many Young Children. She Continues To Enrich Her Community Through Her Many Talents, Especially Her Beautiful Music.
Helen C. Butler 2002yesForty-One Years of Service In Public Education As An Elementary School Teacher
The Cultural Arts Were An Integral Component of Her Students' Educational Experience.
Farmville High School
2002yesEvery Students' Education and Life Development was the Focus
of the School and Community. The Faculty Provided Each
Student With the Tools and Confidence to Reach their Potential
and Dreams. Her Gifts to her Graduates: Leadership, Citizenship,
Stewardship, and Integrity.
Evelyn Crutchfield Gerdes 2002yesIn Appreciation Of
East Carolina University's
School of Education
BS 1961; MAEd 1967
Peggy Monroe Gillis 2002yesA Gracious Woman, a Truly Christian Lady
Has Served Well in Her Work; Her Community, Her Church, and Her Family.
Thirty-One Years as a Dedicated Educator
Loretta Brickhouse Guard 2002yesThirty-Three Years of Unselfish and Tireless Service For the Youth of Chowan County 1969-2002
Phillip J. Kirk Jr.2002yesIn Recognition for Outstanding Commitment and Dedication
to the children of North Carolina Through Exceptional
Leadership of the North Carolina State Board
of Education.
Lewis Lawrence 2002yesHigh School English Teacher, Mentor, Friend
He Encouraged Individuality and Creative Thinking
Through His Teaching Style. He Valued Student
Opinions and Allowed Them to Think for
Dr. Betty Mobley Long 2002yesProfessor, Supervisor, Teacher, Dactylologist, Humanitarian, Friend, and Encourager
Janie Barnes MacIntyre 2002yesMath Educator, Exceptional Children's Program
USA Today's All USA Teacher, First Team
NC Christa McAuliffe Fellow
Thinking Maps Consultant and Trainer
Joyce Garris McGalliard 2002yesLives of Many People Through Your Profession,
I am Proud of You.
Mary Irma Moore 2002yesHigh School Math
For her Enthusiastic, Inspirational Teaching
Her Love of Mathematics, and Her Dedication to
Helping Students Become Their Best
FHS Alumni
Katie Owen Morgan 2002yesEast Carolina Teacher's College: BS 1946, MA 1954
President, ECTC Senior Class of 1946
ECU Board of Trustees
Thirty-Three Years in Public Education
Dr. Henry A. Peel2002yesCommitted to Innovation and Excellence in the
Development of Education Leaders
For the 21st Century.
With Deepest Gratitutde,
EdD Cohort Group 2001.
Valerie Davis Austin Powers* 2002yesMaster Teacher In the Area of Behavioral/
Emotional Disorders
Been A Turning Point in the Lives of Many
Louisa Morton Ringo2002yesShe is There for her Students in the Classroom and in Life,
Pushing, Encouraging, and Always Teaching.

Vivian M. Covington
Dr. Norma H. Sermon-Boyd 2002yesSuperintendent, Jones County Schools 1993-2002
A woman of vision...A Journey of Excellence
Impacting the Future Through Scholarship
and Service
Elizabeth Ashley Layne Smith 2002yesHonor Graduate ECU School of Education
Challenges Her Students To Love, Learn, Share,
Appreciate, and Discover Who They Are.
Eugene Howard Stallings 2002yesTeacher, Coach, Principal, Assoc. Superintendent
Inspired Young Men and Women to Reach
Their Goals.
Mary Rose Sutton Stocks 2002yesInfluencing Children Directly and Indirectly
To Become Outstanding Citizens
Fifty Years of Service to the Education Profession
Otis F. Strother III2002yesEast Carolina University SGA President, 1961-62
Band Director for 32 Years
Believed There Was Good In All Students
Shelby Sheffield Strother 2002yes2000-2002 ECU Alumni President
Outstanding Music Educator for 32 Years
Believes In Our Boundless Potential.
Melanie Rogers Van Leuven 2002yesTeacher, A Mother, A Wife, A Friend, and A
Daughter Will Live Forever In the Hearts of the
Kindergarten Children She Taught.
Gigi Guice Walter* 2002yesNewspapers In Education Coordinator
The Daily Reflector
Pitt County Educator
Literacy And Community Volunteer
Dr. James Hugh Wease 2002yesPresident of the NC Council for The Social Studies
ECU Department of History 1963-1995
Chair of History Department 1986-1989
Professor Emeritus
Doris Winslow Williams 2002yesA Teacher In the Martin County School System 1963-1983
Sandra Leonard Wornom2002yesEast Carolina University Advocate
Leadership and Service in Student Life, The Arts,
School of Education, and Athletics
School of Education Advancement Council
President 2000-2002
Janet Hodges Alligood2003yesOutstanding and Dedicated
K-4 Teacher from 1955-1993,
With Time Out for Jordan, Dwayne, and Brian.
"Always Helping Students Do Their Best"
Helen Edwards Bradley2003yesTo One Who Has Been Exemplary
In Her Enthusiasm As A Teacher
of English Literature and The French Language
In Our Public High Schools
Esther Albritton Cameron2003yesEducator, Leader of Women,
Friend to All

"A Life Lived in Grace"
Janice Hardison Faulkner2003yesInspiring Teacher, Dedicated and Distinguished Educator
Competent and Caring Administrator
Loyal and Active Alumna
North Carolina Secretary of Revenue,
Acting Secretary of State, and Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
Doris Shelton Hawkins2003yesNC Home Economics Teacher of the Year
LEA Teacher of the Year, Volunteer and Mentor
Devoted Wife, Mother, and Nana
Until They Know How Much You Care
Dr. Cleveland Melvin Hawkins2003yesCivic, Community, and Education Leader
Devoted Husband, Dad, and Pa
Phi Sigma Pi Fraternity, Avid Pirate
Freddie Olivia Barrett Hill2003yes30 Years of Elementary Teaching Excellence
Her Greatest joy in Teaching Comes From Helping Students
Accomplish Their Goals, no Matter how big or Small,
in the Classroom and in Life.
Barbara Jones2003yes"To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge
is....the greatest benefit that can be
conferred upon mankind."
John Quincy Adams
Phillip J. Kirk Jr.2003yesIn Recognition for Outstanding Commitment and Dedication
to the children of North Carolina Through Exceptional
Leadership of the North Carolina State Board
of Education.
Nancy Bissette Morgan2003yesBS Social Work 1986
MAED Counselor Education 1995
A friend who helped so many to
cross bridges to new horizons.
Ellen Johnson Pauling2003yesElementary Counselor and
Special Teacher
To Be the Best That They Can Be.
Project Heart2003yesMeeting the Challenge:
A Commitment to Academic Success for Every Child,
A Partnership of Schools, Parents, and other Community
Organizations to Make a Difference Through Service
Charles R. Ross2003yesA Dedicated Teacher, Principal, Director of Instruction
Associate Superintendent, University Instructor
and a True Optimist.
Help the Learner be Successful.
Charles E. Russell, Ed.D.2003yesIn Recognition of Outstanding Service and Leadership
For Thirty-Two Years at Pitt Community College,
Nineteen Years As President.
Sarah Laughlin Shelton2003yesA Dedicated Educator Who Inspired
High Standards and a Commitment
to Excellence in Both School and Community.
Linda Steed2003yesHoke County Educator
Taught High School Senior English 1969-86
Asst. Principal 1986-1990, Principal 1990-1993
Director of Instruction 1993-1995
Director of Accountability and Testing 1995-1999
Julie Peterson Swinson2003yesShe enjoyed teaching and nurturing 1st Graders who belonged
to someone else. Now she is teaching her own and continues
to impact the memories of the hundreds of young minds who
learned to read and write, be polite, and hopefully,
turn out just right.
Kathy Arnold Taft2003yesOutstanding Advocate For Excellence In Education
Political Leader
State Board of Education Member
Dennis Stuart Teel2003yesLet Me Be Forever Remembered Through:
A Smile on a Child's Face, Success of a New Teacher,
Renewed Vision of a Veteran Educator and Finally,
As a Grateful Son, Brother, Uncle, and Friend.
Bertha Hart Tripp2003yesGraduate of ECU
An Outstanding Educator for Thirty-Six Years
In Elementary Education for
Dr. William F. Troutman Jr.2003yesBS, Western Carolina; MA, PhD, Duke University
Professor of Political Science, 1964-1988
Chair, Department of Political Science, 1966-1979
Managing Editor; Politics and Policy,
Journal of the North Carolina Political Science Association
Dr. Michael Ward2003yesCommunicates the Needs and Lives the Dream
of Improving the Future for All Young People.
Dorris Lambert Warren2003yesSix Year Degree ECU
Counselor, Public Schools - 20 Years
Counselor, Fayetteville Tech Community College - 10 Years
Sampson County School Board Chair
Senator Edward N. Warren2003yesEducator & Administrator
North Carolina Senator
Life Long Commitment To Education and ECU
Advocate of Strong
Moral and Personal Values
Edith I. Holmes Williams2003yesOutstanding Greenville Junior High School Teacher
Loved by Her Students
An Innovator and Mentor In the Classroom
Betty Sanders Abernathy2004yesOutstanding Chemistry and Physics Teacher
at Fike High School for 30 Years.
Former President and Active Member of the N.C. Science
Teachers Association. Member, Board of Directors,
National Science Teachers Association.
Jeanne Grogan Batten2004yesHigh School Chemistry and Biology
Teacher for 38 Years. She has Been a Positive
Factor in the of Administrators, Colleagues,
and Students Throughout her Career
Sharon Horn Browne2004yesLoving Daughter 1955-2003
BS in Library Studies 1978 ECU
MS in Library Sciences 1991 ECU
25 Years of Service in N.C. Library Education
Gail Sykes Clayton2004yesHelping Students Reach Their Potential
Both in the Classroom and on the Athletic Field
Pamela Jo Davis2004yesPursued a Career in Education Serving Nash and Wilson
Counties. 2003-2004 Southern Nash High School Teacher of
the Year. "The real purpose of our existence is not to make a
living, but to make a worthy, well-rounded, and useful life."
Forever our Friend
Dr. Jimmie R. Grimsley2004yesTeacher of Teachers
Compassionate Educator, Advisor, Coach
Mentor and Friend to Students
Dedicated Husband, Father, and "Pop"
Linda Blair Hardy2004yesElementary School Educator 1969-2001
Teacher, Motivator, Leader, Mentor, and Friend
Progressive Innovator of Enriched Curriculum
Believer in Potential of all Children
Continuous Lifetime Learner
Catherine Spearman McKim2004yesMother, Educator
Community Advocate
ECTC 1950
Marian N. McLawhorn2004yesProgressive North Carolina Legislator
Former Librarian
Advocate for Education
Champion for Eastern North Carolina
Valerie H. Neal2004yesA Dedicated Teacher who Instills a Sense of Self-Worth in
Children Believing all the While They are Capable of the
Impossible. She Plants This Belief Firmly Within Them, and
Watches as They Soar Above any Hurdle They may Face,
Achieving Greatness Never Expected.
Virgie Cowand Northcott2004yesA well-loved Educator who Taught Grades 5-7 for
34 years; her Teaching Philosophy was
She was a Champion for Children With Special Needs.
Dr. David A. Powers2004yesOutstanding Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Exemplary Leader in Distance Education and the use of Technology
Scholar, Educator, Mentor, Friend and Creator of Opportunities
Given by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction Colleagues
Tracy Kennington Price2004yesOutstanding Senior ECU School of Art - 1988
N.C. Character Educator of the Year Award
P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education Award
VSA Arts Director Union County, N.C.
Emma Strange Stallings2004yesHer Career in Education Took Place Where it Really Matters,
In the Classroom. She was a Competent and Devoted Teacher
Who Instilled a Love of Learning in all of her Students.
Joan Morrison Tolley2004 yesWife, Mother, Teacher, Mentor, Administrator
Principal 1966-2000
ECU Outstanding Educator 1987
Order of the Long Leaf Pine 1998
Patricia Hines Turner2004yesTeacher's Assistant, Teacher, Assistant Principal
Ambitious, Enthusiastic, Dedicated
An Inspiration for Future Teachers
Robert A. Ward2004 yesBS Business 1962
Chair, ECU Board of Trustees 1995-1997
He and Wife Margaret are Active Supporters of Both
Academics and Athletics
Honored with Naming of the Ward Sports Medicine Building 1992
Dr. William H. Warren2004yesTeacher and Administrator
B.S. Campbell College 1978
MAEd Fayetteville State University 1988
EdD East Carolina University 1998
Dedicated to his Family
Dr. Joseph Greene Boyette2005yesCommitted to Sharing his Broad Knowledge
and Deep Love of the Ecology
of Eastern North Carolina
Dr. Shirley Ann Carraway2005yesWhat makes her a great educator:
Respect for the humanity in each person she meets,
Genuine affection for children and teenagers,
The gift of common sense, and unflagging work ethic,
A lighthearted sense of humor, and delight in life's gifts.
Vera Loftin Claybrook2005yesSetting the highest standards of probity, proficiency, and
professionalism, she opened the windows of grammar and
let in the fresh air of literacy.
She is a world class leader.
Carolyn Matthews Jones2005yesSmall Town Girl who Followed Her Dreams.
North Carolina Teacher, Florida Parks and Recreation Director,
Ohio Prison Systems Rehabilitation Director
Harold A. Jones2005yesMusician, Professor,
Mentor, Community Leader
Committed to Integrity and Excellence in Education
Tom Mallison2005yesAdvocate of Life Long Learning, Continuous Improvement and
Strategic Planning. ECU SGA President, ECU Alumni Distinguished
Service Award, College of Education Advancement Council,
ECU Board of Visitors, Pirate Club President,
FRIENDS S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Service
Larry Stephen Mazingo2005yesA career dedicated to the idea that
"to prosper we must love, protect
and educate our children"
Wendy Adams Miller2005yesShe produces miracles in the lives of her students through her
teaching magic and passion for learning.
Her magic comes not from a hat or wand, but from her heart.
John Lanier Roberson2005yesTeacher - Principal - Mentor
He Challenged his Students to Excel
In the Study of Mathematics and Science.
Susan Laney Thomson2005yesEast Carolina University Alumnus 1982 B.S. and 1984 MAEd.
Dedicated Pitt County Schools Teacher, Mentor, Staff
Developer, and Teacher Educator 1982-2004
Lifetime Learner and Teacher
Marie S. Williams2005yesA devoted wife, mother, teacher, and
dedicated supporter of East Carolina University
who truly loves children and is an
advocate for life long learning.
Kemp House Baldwin2006yesA dedicated teacher who inspired her students
A professional educator who enhanced her profession
A devoted Christian, volunteer, and friend
Ms. Nita Boyce2006yesAssistant Athletics Director for Student Development
Driven by a passion for learning and a strong desire
to help students discover their own passions and
abilities through education
Patricia M. Clark2006yesTeacher, Principal and Advocate for Children.
An educator who planted the seeds of knowledge
that will grow forever
Mimi Tripp Denton2006yesMimi's Kindergarten
Linda Corbin Foster2006yesMother, Wife, Educator
"She not only made a difference in education,
she made a difference in students' lives"
Callaree Jarvis Horton2006yesTeacher, Assistant Principal and Church Leader
Thirty Four Years Devoted to Public Education
In Beaufort County
"Hold tight to your dreams and walk boldly in their direction."
Ada Jarvis2006yesTeacher, Supervisor, 47 years
Dedicated to Public School Education
"She envisioned a dream - and saw it through!"
Katie Corbett Johnson2006yesEast Carolina Teachers College 1931
A teacher, mother, and wife who provided a role model
for one and all.
A lady whose faith teaches all that
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Proverbs 17:22
Mona Jarvis2006yesTeacher, 47 years
Dedicated to Public School Education
"She envisioned a dream - and saw it through!"
Mary Virginia Jones2006yesShe enabled us to learn both
the basic principles and the
fundamental joy of self-expression.
Roscoe Locke2006yesIn recognition and appreciation
for being an outstanding and devoted principal.
Implicating "putting children first" in every school
he has been named the principal to date.
Lucille Tharrington Mayo2006yesEnhanced the lives of her many students
by instilling valuable lessons to last a lifetime.
Devoted wife, mother, sister, and grandmother
James Henry McGlone2006yesHe was an inspiration to all who knew him.
A man of mature charm and refinement.
His sense of humor always put people at ease.
Susie Tharrington Perdue2006yesOutstanding and Dedicated Elementary School Teacher
Devoted to church, family, and friends
Larry Eugene Price2006yesTeacher, Principal, Superintendent
North Carolina Superintendent of the Year
National Superintendent of the Year Runner-Up
Lucy Ervin Roberts2006yes"Inspiring Curiosity Defines Excellence in Teaching"
As a mother, teacher, principal, state and national early
childhood leader, she enjoyed a long career dedicated
to developing and designing programs that inspired learning for
young children and those responsible for teaching them.
David Calvin Stokes2006yesHis Dedication to Education
His Loyalty to Family and Friends
His Leadership in Civic Organizations
His Devotion to ECU and the Pirates
Sarah Margaret Maynard Swartz2006yesBeloved Teacher and Friend
True to her God and His Purpose
but to the interests of others.
Linda Mayo Teel2006yesDaughter of a farmer and a teacher
who sows the seeds of knowledge that last a lifetime.
Devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and friend
Eden Roy Tharrington2006yesPrincipal, Franklin and Wake Counties, 1946-1996
Educator, Mentor, Friend, Dad
Linda A. Lynn Tripp2006yesBusiness, Community and Civic Leader
2005 Greenville/Pitt County Citizen of the Year
2006 ECU Alumni Distinguished Service Award
"Her goal is to make a difference." -Randy
Judy Christiansen Warren2006yesSpecial Education Teacher
Learning Disabilities Teacher and Consultant
Mentor, Tutor, Parent, and Community Volunteer
Judith Williams Wilson2006yesAccepted the challenge of moving
from Teacher Assistant to Teacher.
Loyal Supporter of ECU College of Education
Joyce Proctor Beaman2007yesDaughter, Sister, Wife, Mother,
Grandmother, Friend, English-French Teacher,
Librarian, Church Organist-Pianist, Author
George E. Cooper2007yesTeacher, Principal,
Shepard to Students, Faculty, Staff and Fellow Educators
Respect for Children is his Commitment
Terrie C. DeCresie2007yesStudents rarely remember what you tell them
or show them,
but they remember how you made them feel.
Evelyn Johnson Kirkland2007yesBS-1961 MAEd-1962
Teacher-Pitt, Cumberland and Robeson Counties
Middle School Advocate
Mentor and Church Leader
James Bryant Kirkland2007yesBS Business 1962
Entrepreneur, Education Advocate
Church and Community Leader
Driven by a desire to help others.
Mary Lilly Rivenbark Mathews2007yesAn inspiration to all of her students
A talented, dedicated educator and diplomat.
Her career spanned three continents and four countries
delivering her gifts of knowledge and love.
Amy Elizabeth Mozingo2007yesA loving daughter, sister, and granddaughter whose heart and life
centered on God, family and friends. Her heart's desire was
fulfilled when she became a special education teacher.
She loved each special angel and dedicated her life to them.
Our angel on earth is now in heaven.
M. Theresa (Terry) Shank2007yesA Visionary Leader
A Dedicated Teacher
An Accomplished Musician; An Advocate for Education
A Voice for the Arts
Frances Woolard Swain2007yesTeacher, Wife, Mother, and Church Leader
Her objective in teaching was to motivate and help
each student achieve to their ability and beyond.
Carol-Ann Tucker2007yesTeacher of Teachers
Student Advocate and Advisor, Role Model,
Believer in the capacity of the
human spirit to achieve great things
Isabella Wicker2007yesTeacher, Assistant Principal, Principal
41 years of energy, smiles, passion,
professionalism and genuine
advocacy for all children.
Myrtle Harris Wooten2007yesA teacher with over 26 years of experience that encompassed
Bertie and Pitt County; as she accepted the challenges of
teaching she taught her students to accept the challenges of 
Wynnette Garner Alexander2008yesUsed the Power of Teacher Education and Faith
to Enrich the Lives She Touches
East Carolina College 1957
Tony Banks2008yesUnconditionally,
Tony Banks Affected the Lives
Of Students and Friends
For a Lifetime
Gina Prescott Beaman2008yes2008-2009 Creekside Elementary School
Teacher of the Year
2008-2009 Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year
Dorothy Midgett Brannan2008yesShe loved teaching and always tried to give her
students a challenge. The achievements of her
students was her reward.
Sylvian Knowles Brooks2008yesTeacher, Supervisor, Principal
and Community Leader
Mary Elizabeth McKim Corbin2008yesAn educator, wife, daughter, and friend who
encouraged students to be lifelong learners and
fostered the attitude that life is to be enjoyed.
Ernestine Wynne Garner2008yesAn inspired woman of faith
who felt it a privilege to attend ECTC
and share her enthusiasm for learning.
East Carolina Teachers College 1928
Dorothy Jean Good Pruitt2008yesExemplary educational leader serving Granville County
and North Carolina from 1956-2002.
Extraordinary teacher, distinguished principal,
DPI consultant, and Chairman of the Granville
County Board of Education.
Anthony Y. Gray2008yesSchool Social Worker, Mentor, Friend,
Creator of Programming in Which
Individuals and Groups Reach
Beyond Their Own Expectations and
Never Again Settle for Anything Less.
Lennon Woodward Hooper2008yesTeacher, Ranger, Planner, Manager and Author
He believes in making the world a better place -
Education and volunteering are important.
Gwen Goodson Jeffreys2008yesMy life is enriched by my experience at ECU. Graduating
from this University has enabled me to grow spiritually,
socially, physically, and mentally.
Paul Edward Jones2008yesDedicated Father, Coach and Mentor to
many young people throughout
Eastern North Carolina.
Charles E. Long2008yesHigh School Principal, Director, Educational Leader
Mentor to aspiring administrators, and
Community College Trustee
Rita Reavis Reaves2008yesHigh school teacher, community college instructor,
university professor and administrator.
Believe in every student.
Pamela Bass Strickland2008yesTeacher, Coach and Mentor
Goal: To help each student reach their highest
potential physically, mentally and socially.
Jerry R. Tolley2008yesCoach, Teacher, Administrator, Author, Community Servant,
Mayor, National Football Coach of the Year
ECU Athletics Hall of Fame
ECU "HHP" Centennial Leadership Medallion
Sarah Carver Williams2008yesPrivileged to be a Wife, Mother,
Teacher and Professor.
Ted Lee Williams, Sr.2008yesA loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend
He was a pioneer, visionary, encourager and mentor
in his industry.
Proud to be a Pirate!
Laura G. Avery2009yesA director who not only cares about
her students' musical talent, but also
cares about how they grow as
young adults.
Vivian Martin Covington2009yesExcellent Science Teacher
Director of Teacher Education
Dedicated Pirate Fan
100% ECU – BS, MAEd, CAS, EdD
Dianne Jones Gaskill2009yesTeacher, Administrator, Colleague, Friend
Grateful to Have Had the Opportunity
To Share in Molding the Lives
of Our Future Generation
Anita Rogers Rish-Hodgkins2009yesLearner, Teacher
"Education is about teaching processes."
A True Pirate – Dedicated to Service
Exceptional, Caring, Loyal
Kimberly Moore Jessup2009yes2008-2009 Wintergreen Intermediate Teacher of the Year
2009-2009 Pitt County Teacher of the Year
"Teaching Minds, Touching Hearts"
Brenda Turner Lewis2009yesHer passion and enthusiasm for education
along with her desire to serve and give
are a continuing inspiration for others.
Nannie Barbee Morton2009yesBeloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, teacher, friend.
Woman of great faith, lifelong learner.
A heart filled with charity and love for mankind.
Dr. Phillis Quinn Ostheim2009yes"Where there is no vision,
the people perish."
Proverbs 29:18
Vann Winston Pennell2009yes"Being pretty good is not good enough"
You can tell the character of an individual
by what it takes to make them quit. Vann
has never quit on his family, his friends,
his faculty or his students and he never will.
Julia (Jewelle) Stokes Rogers2009yesVocational Home Economics, Introduction to Vocations, Adults, 
Science and Elementary Education Teacher, Community and
Church Leadership, Cheerleading as a Pirate
Its all about "attitude" while getting to your destination!
Linda Gaskill Thorell2009yesTeacher, mother, wife and friend of many.
An educator for 33 years who took students
to the next level of their life
and loved every step.
Charles Snipes Atwater2010yesBusinessman, Teacher, Community Servant
Special Interest in children with learning
differences & the disadvantaged
Committed to raising funds to benefit teachers and to advance
innovative teaching methods in the public schools
Ella E. Tyson Harris2010yesDaughter, Wife, Mother
Advisor, Mentor, Friend
C.M. Eppes/J.H. Rose
Dr. William C. Harrison2010yesVisionary thinker, dedicated educator, and
decisive leader who sees infinite possibilities
in the eyes of all children and who works
tirelessly to protect their right to the
promise of education.
John Smith2010yesDedicated his time to managing
resources spent on
educating our future.
Dr. Patricia F. MacNeill2010yesA Lifelong Learned and Educator
Sarah Stallings May2010yes100 years and still serving:
Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
teacher, friend, church leader, artist, poet
and civic leader
Olive McCallum Smith2010yesTeacher, Mentor, Church Leader
ECU Supervising Teacher
She lives forever in the hearts
of high school students she taught.
Mollie O'Neal McKeithan Young2010yesTeaching Philosophy-A teacher's
job extends beyond instruction. We are not
only educators, but a support system for
our students' success.
Alston Winslow Burke2011yesTeacher - Principal - Coach - Mentor
A visionary paving the way for others to
secure a better life through education and athletics.
His motto was "Education is the Answer"
Connie Gay-Lord Mizelle Maynard2011yesDedicated Education Philanthropist
Jo Anne Williams Corey2011yesA loving caring educator
who will live in the hearts
of all the many children that
she taught during her career.
Kurt John-Charles Garner2011yesPitt County Teacher of the Year 2011-2012
Inspiring his students to always
reach their potential.
Naomi Blanchard Bagley Hofler2011yesDedicated teacher, wife, mother,
grandmother and great grandmother
who put others ahead of herself
Joyce Smith Holt2011yesKindergarten Teacher, Church Children's
Leader and Child Advocate
She inspired and nurtured a generation
of North Carolina children
James H. Maynard2011yesDedicated Education Philanthropist
Dr. Diane D. Kester2011yesTechnology pioneer, innovator, and catalyst in
librarianship and instructional technology education
"Technology teaches you patience"
Lewis Patrick Lane III2011yesAlumnus, volunteer, donor and advocate always
seeking to inspire by example fellow alumni,
students, faculty and administrators to set a
high priority of giving back to ECU so that others
can reap the benefits we have received.
Barbara Jamieson Mallory2011yesMother of Sara
Principal of Many
Professor of Leaders
Passionate and Imaginative
Dedicated to Excellence and Service
Dr. Margaret Ann Cannon Harris2011yesMy journey has been wonderful in public education.
Through innovation and change in North Carolina's
Public Schools, we have made a difference
in the success of our students.
Cornelia Mattocks Mewborn2011yesShe speaks with wisdom, and faithful
instruction is on her tongue. Her children arise
and call her blessed; her husband also, and he
praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you
surpass them all." Proverbs 31:26, 28-29
Dolores Hayes Morgan2011yesTeacher, artist, and musician
"Always pass the attitude test and
let your passion be contagious"
Morgan Holt Harris2011yesThrough my life's journey in teaching, coaching
and public service, if one student's
life was changed - I reached the goal.
Merle Thomas Summers2011yesHusband, Father, Banker, Teacher, Administrator
Advocate for Lifelong Learning, Continuous
Improvement and Community Involvement
Joanne Covington Ambrose2012yesHer God,
Her family,
Her country,
Her students...
In that order. To all, she gave her all
Rebecca B. Brittle2012yesEducator, High School Counselor.
Wife, mother and grandmother.
Adelia Congleton2012yesDedicated educator,
Teacher of the Year,
Model Classroom,
Community Innovator in Civic Beautification
and Historic Preservation.
Daphne Ann Hardee Jones2012yesProud to be a teacher.
Blessed to have touched the future.
Lives everyday enjoying life,
friends, and family
to the fullest!
William Newton Fowler, Jr.,2012yesTeacher and Mentor.
He believed that a person should treat
Each day like it was the first or
The last day of his life.
William Preston Frazier2012yesMusician, Educator, Administrator,
Motivational Leader.
“Today can be a great day;
the choice is yours!”
Dr. Genevieve Hodgin Gay2012yesTeacher, Principal, Associate Superintendent.
To teach is to Touch
a Life Forever.
Robert R. Gotwals, Jr.2012yesPassionate about advancing the authentic and appropriate use of
computing in the sciences.
Science educator, computational scientist, Naval officer,
Braille teacher/transcriber, American Sign Language teacher/interpreter.
“All models are wrong, some are useful” George Box.
Daphne "Billie" Potter Hardee2012yesTeacher, Lover of Children and Learning.
Devoted wife, mother, sister,
daughter and friend.
Annette Watson MacRae2012yes“She offered caring and service
To her students and co-workers.”
Mildred Griggs Moore2012yesA progressive teacher
who positively impacted the lives of many.
Instilled hope for a better future through education.
Inspired by her beloved E.C.T.C.
Rebecca Mangum Osborne2012yesMany of her former third-grade students,
who advanced to high school, college, or the military,
returned to the school to visit her and give her a hug.
David L. Parke2012yesA day without new knowledge is a day wasted.
Do not be afraid to learn.
Amy Lee Burress Renfrow2012yesHer time with us was brief
But the impact she had upon us is eternal.
Her legacy as a daughter, friend, wife, mother,
and educator will reside in our hearts forever.
Dr. Hazel Garris Tripp2012yesModel Educator
Encourager, Motivator, Mentor
State Consultant for Home Economics Education
State Advisor for Future Homemakers of America
Margaret Burnette Wirth2012yesA mathematics educator who inspired her students,
empowered her colleagues,
and served her community.
Frances Rowlette Young2012yesDirector Pitt County Schools Educational Foundation
Church and Community Volunteer
Beatrice Forrest Little2013yesShe was always passionate about being an elementary school
teacher. She loved her students as though they were
family. Many times the young lives she touched came to say
"thank you" as adults.
Dr. Delilah Ann Jackson2013yesDedication to the Education of others is her passion.
Her love for the profession is her motivation to impact the
lives of students, staff and the community.
Dr. Dudley Eargith Flood2013yesTeacher, Principal,
State Level Administrator,
Civic Leader, Public Speaker
Bonnie Taylor Galloway2013yes"A Teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops."
Henry Adams
George R. James2013yesTeacher, Coach, Principal, Counselor, and Strong Advocate
and Leader for the Francis M. Barnes Scholarship Trust in
Martin County and eastern North Carolina.
Margaret Lillian Joyner Hendricks2013yesDepartmental Chairperson,
Coordinator, Supervisor-Teacher
Above all Dedicated to Making A Difference
Betty M. Lamb2013yesHer legacy as a Nurse and Teacher
will live forever in the hearts
of the Health Occupations students whom she taught.
Susan Roberts Lanier2013yesB.S. '62, M.A.Ed. '70
Dedicated Teacher and Mentor for over 30 years.
Encouraged scholarship, citizenship, and a love for learning.
Dr. Christopher Douglas Locklear2013yesA career dedicated to public education
and serving the people of eastern North Carolina.
Forever a Pirate.
Dr. Lon O. Pierce2013yesOver his 45 Years of Service as a Computer Operator, Soldier,
Teacher, Secondary Supervisor, Vocational Director, Regional
Coordinator, Mentor, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, and
Assistant Professor, he was blessed to work with many wonderful
students and co-workers. Sponsored by Dr. Ivan Wallace
Dr. William Arthur "Art" Rouse2013yesLeading with a vision
of compassion and service to others
Representative Edith Doughtie Warren2013yesTeacher, Principal, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Education Advocate,
Leader, Pitt County Commissioner, Legislator.
Keeping the best interest in her heart for the students and
citizens of NC as an Educator and Legislator.
Alan R. Bailey2014yesAdvocate for reading, literacy,
and lifelong learnin
Nancy Jane Glaser Bray2014yesConsummate Educator and Mentor
French, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics
”All I ever Wanted Was to be a Teacher”
She Made a Difference.
Suzanne J. Brooks2014yesDedicated Education Philanthropist
COE Professional Advisory Board Member
ECU Foundation Board Member
Herbert R. Carlton2014yesEast Carolina College, B.S. 1952, M.A. 1954
Social Studies Department, Assistant Professor 1952-1964
Political Science Department, Associate Professor 1964-94
Anne Barker Faulkenberry2014yesOutstanding Educator, Advisory, & Coordinator
Positively Impacting the Students & Teachers
Of Eastern NC Through
ECU’s Innovative Partnership East
Kathryn Carroll Gower2014yesThey may forget what she said,
But they will never forget
How she made them feel.
A Special Educator, Wife, Mother, and Friend
Bruce Elliot Gray2014yesTeacher, Coach, Assistant Principal,
And Principal
Served students of Pitt County Schools
Jena Gurganus Kerns2014yesHer Dedication to Student Success
and Her Love of Literature
Kept her Motivated and Appreciated
During Her 30 Years of Teaching
Dr. Jerry Edward McGee2014yesPresident – Wingate University – 1992-2015
His Visionary and Bold Leadership
Ushered in an Era of Growth, Success
and Prominence for Wingate University
Cynthia Parker Miller2014yesTeaching and studying
at a distance is an
effective educational strategy.
Jane B. Reel2014yesI strived to make learning a fun adventure for “my kids”
and for myself.
“A little nonsense now and then
is relished by the wisest men.”
Roald Dahl
DeAnne Smith2014yesBeaufort County Schools Educator
“To the world you may be one person; but to one person
you may be the world.”
Dr. Seuss
Gail Dillahunt Smith2014yes“By the Grace of God I Am
What I Am”…A Dedicated Wife,
Mother, Grandmother and Educator
J.H. Rose Teacher of the Year 2005-2006
EC Teacher of Excellence 2006
James Russell Smith Jr.2014yesTeacher, Administrator, Teacher Educator
And Textbook Author
Patricia H. Smith2014yesNorthampton County Educator
“A woman guided by God in
life and love”
Betty S. Speir2014yesA Lifetime of Service
Champion for Education
and for East Carolina University
Becky Howard Taylor2014yesSpecial Educator Dedicated to
Helping Students Succeed
Strong Advocate for Education
Sylvan Learning Franchisee
NC State Board of Education Member
Sherryl Ezzell Tipton2014yes“A Tradition of Dance Excellence”
Combining a Love of dance with innovative education
methods encouraging students that…
dreams can come true
Gwen Goodson Jeffreys2014yes
Dr. Gene Daniel Lanier2014yes"A Book is Easier To Burn Than It Is To Explain"
Fervent Advocate of Intellectual and Personal Freedom
Protecting Our Nation's Libraries and Schools
40 Years of Service, East Carolina University 1959-1999
Dr. Patrick C. Miller2014yesGreene County School
James (Jim) R. Westmorland2015yesCounselor, Adult Educator, Encourager
Career Services Director, College of Business Associate Dean
Respect and Integrity Always First
Dr. James H. Bearden2015yesHis 56 Years of Dedicated Service to ECU and His Commitment to Excellence in
Leadership and Education, have made a Difference in the Lives of Many
Nicole Garris Vinson2015yesDedicated to increasing the
quality of instruction for ALL students
Pitt County Schools
Autism Coach
Martin Scott Hutchins2015yesThroughout his career he inspired students
to reach beyond their own limits and left
an everlasting impact in the classroom and the community
Students of HST
Judith Joyner Smith2015yesElementary School Teacher
ECU Associate Professor
Teach. Lead. Inspire.
Myron Mooney Angell2015yesArmy Veteran and Educator
His dedication to the students at
Swansboro High School is much appreciated
and will not be forgotten
Freddie Rayford Carroll2015yesA champion for students
and a true mentor for
all educators
Beverly Watson Carroll2015yesAn Advocate for education
in the classroom
in her school
and in her community.
Frankie Lynn Taylor Tucker2015yesThe ability to read is a fundamental right.
That I have been able to work with both teachers and students to ensure this right
has been my greatest professional reward.
Sam H. Houston Jr.2015yesA visionary educational leader
willing to challenge the staus quo while
working to improve opportunities for school
leaders, teachers and students.
Kathy Gibson Harrell2015yesTeaching a child to love reading is rewarding.
Coaching a teacher to enable a child to love reading is PRICELESS!
Sarah D. Faucette2015yesLet the words of my mouth and the meditation
of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight,
Oh Lord my strength and my redeemer! Psalm 19:14
Grace C. Whitehurst2015yesHer dedication as an educator
and counselor positively impacted
her students and all those with
whom she came in contact.
Aaron J. Beaulieu2015yesDedicated his time to managing
resources spent on
educating our future.
Gwenlyn Goodson Jeffreys2016yesGwenlyn Goodson Jeffreys
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."
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
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
Tara Wooten Parker2017yesAn educational leader who
motivates others to
achieve excellence
Delores Pride Ali2018yesEach day is a chance to be better.
Students deserve the best.
Proud lifetime educator and learner
Robert L. Barrier, Jr.2018yes"Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude."
The experiences he provided as a classroom
teacher and H.S. Counselor, promoted the
idea—"If you can perceive it, you can achieve it."
Dr. David Batts2018yesTechnology Systems Associate Professor
Phi Sigma Pi Faculty Advisor
Tau 1936
Marvin E. Baugh2018yesMarvin E. Baugh
Always Seek Excellence
Be Kind and Love Others
Help Those Coming Behind You
Jessica Lee Chiasson Adams2018yes“The child is truly a miraculous being,
and this should be felt deeply by the educator.”
Maria Montessori
Smile Big…
Julia Dawkins Brickhouse2018yesSpecial Educator
Each individual has the ability and
right to learn and communicate as
an active participant in their world.
Holly Heath Fales2018yesNational Board Certified Teacher
Committed to excellence
in teaching and learning.
Cleveland Melvin Hawkins2018yesA true servant leader who believed, with a smile,
that it is amazing what can be
accomplished when it does not matter
who gets the credit.
Elizabeth Baker Hodge2018yesEsse Mutationem 
Be the Change
Gwen P. Jeffreys2018yesMy life is enriched by my experience at ECU. 
Graduating from this University has enabled me to grow
spiritually, physically and mentally.
Johnnie Earl May2018yesProud American Veteran
From Farmer to Trust Officer
His Strong Work Ethic and Integrity
Are his Guiding Principals
Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather.
Miriam Grace Mitchell2018yesA leader and mentor dedicated to
inspiring her grateful students and
colleagues to realize their
professional and personal potential.
Susan Elizabeth Morgan2018yesDedicated to Promoting
the Educational, Emotional and Social
Well-being of All Students and Their Families.
David Parke2018yesLearning is a life-long adventure.
Do not miss the thrill that comes
with new knowledge.
Elizabeth Harris Sparrow2018yesBusiness Education Teacher
East Carolina University and J. H. Rose High School
Encouraged excellence in students
Christine Marie Wilson2018yesWe do not always get to live the life we planned.
It is what we do with the detours that creates
a life worth living and a legacy worth leaving.
Tomegia M. Winston2018yesWe all have a purpose in life.
Education is providing me the
opportunity to fulfill mine.
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.
Kathy Godley Clark, NBCT2019yesNC Business & Marketing Educator
Microsoft IT Academy Pilot Teacher
Kathy's lifelong goal has been helping
others to achieve their goals.
Lynn Pritchett Harrington2019yesLoves sharing her knowledge
of the natural world
with students.
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.
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.
Lynne Wigent2019yesHonored to be included with many great teachers.
"Good teachers teach. Great teachers inspire."
- Author unknown
Dorothy B. Tolson2019yesThankful that God allowed her to obtain an
education and work experience
that enabled her to teach adults for almost 40 years.
Constance Wallace Cheston2020yesGuiding Force in Mathematics Education For Students and Teachers.
Committed to Improving and
Promoting Excellence through Dedication and Service
Ann Marie Duke Cobb2020yesA life dedicated to educating our youth.
Touched so many lives through her love of
elementary education and literacy,
her family, and her alma mater.
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!"
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.
Marsha Craft Tripp2021yesChallenge yourself, keep your sense of humor, and most of all have compassion and you will be the best special educator ever
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.
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.
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
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.
Carmen Woodall Wondergem2022yesProud ECU Graduate
Dedicated Teacher of 33 Years in Virginia
Perry “Pete” Barnes2024yesAthletic Director, Coach, Teacher and Mentor

Region X NJCAA Baseball Coach of the Year (twice)

‘Thanks to the many friendships I have enjoyed over the years’
Wilton Ray Futrell2024yesFather. Educator. Friend.
Anne Catherine Richards Lewis2024yesHer love of Learning and Teaching enabled her to touch the lives of her students and their families.
Allison Michael Poorman Mallison2024yesElementary G&T Educator, Child Advocator.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10
Ashley Lynn Harris Matthews2024yesThird Generation Pirate Educator

Changing Young Lives from ECTC to ECC to ECU

A Family Tradition
Jacqueline Ann Nelson Ragland2024yesDo Small Things with Great Love.

– St. Teresa of Calcutta
Bryan H. Setser2024yesHis deep purpose for people profoundly impacted what we could be for self, others and society.
Edward Junior Tyer2024yesMankind’s future depends on a quality education for ALL
Martha Traynham Wohlnick2024yesHS Science Teacher, Leader, Coach, World Traveler.

Loving Wife and Mother of Two Teachers

And best of all, Ambassador for ECTC.