Educators Hall of Fame 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.

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View ECU alumni who have been inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame

All of the Hall of Fame Honorees 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
Dr. James W. Batten1999Scientist
Sara Storey Batten1999AB Chowan College Summa Cum Laude
MS In LS UNCCH: Beta Phi Mu Teacher of Latin,
English, and Math
Librarian and Cataloger
Ralph Brimley1999Teacher, Mentor, Confidant, Friend of
Principals and Superintendents
Throughout North Carolina
Judith Highsmith Budacz1999yes"First A Teacher"
35 Year Career Educator
1997 Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year
Franklin Douglas Byrd, Jr.1999Teacher, School Administrator
Cumberland County Schools For 37 Years
Civic Leader and Church Leader
Dr. Patricia T. Campbell1999Associate Professor, Reading Faculty -
Board of Governor's Award for Teaching Excellence 1996
East Carolina University
Stella Chambliss1999yesTeacher, Principal, Church Leader,
Visiting Lecturer;
Department of Educational Leadership
Dr. Joseph C. Ciechalski1999Excellent Counselor Educator - Leader in State and
National Counseling Associations -
Compassionate Teacher, Counselor And Friend
Dr. Charles R. Coble1999An Exceptional Leader, Dedicated to Excellence in Education
Who Envisions Possibilities and
Inspires Within Others
A Deep Sense of Purpose
Isabel Cox Cude1999North Carolina Educator/Administrator
In Guilford County for 45 Years
Wendell Holmes Cude1999North Carolina Educator/Administrator
In Guilford County For 45 Years
John B. Dunn1999yesTeacher, Mentor
Inspirer and Friend
Janice Robertson Dunn1999Health Occupations Teacher, Counselor, and
Friend Who Inspired Many to Enter
Health Professions
Gail R. Englert1999Elementary Educator Norfolk Virginia
1997 Presidential Award For Excellence In Math Teaching
1998 Norfolk Teacher of the Year
1999 Virginia Math Teacher of the Year
Emiley J. Harvey1999yesMiddle School Educator, Mentor, Leader
Held High Expectations: Inspired and
Directed All Learners
Dr. Parmalee P. Hawk1999Teacher, Administrator,
Researcher. Dedicated to Integrity and
Innovation in Education
Nancy S. Hemink1999yesA.G. Cox Middle School Principal;
Her Quiet, Focused Leadership And
High Expectations Produced
Exemplary Results.
Dr. Erwin Hester1999Professor, Chair English Department Service to ECU
And Students Marked By Quiet Leadership With
Grace And Uncommon Perspective
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.
Leo Warren Jenkins1999His Vision, Courage And Leadership Put Educators,
Doctors, and The Pirates On The Road To Greatness.
Best Of All, He Made Us Believe.
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
Daisy Lee Carson Latham1999Teacher - Mentor - Humanitarian
She Endowed Her Students With A Love of History And
A Clear View Of The Opportunities Of The Future
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
Roger L. Mann1999East Carolina University Foundation
Board Member and Advocate for
Educational Opportunities
Dr. Floyd E. Mattheis1999Extraordinary Science Educator and Mentor
Loving Husband, Father, and Friend
1991 Distinguished Service to Science Ed Award
1996 Robert H. Carlton Award
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
Dr. Helen Meriwether Parke1999Visionary Educator, Devoted Parent, and Inspiring
Community Leader. Her Service And Her
Commitment Enriches The Lives Of Others.
Frances K. Pressley1999yesA Dedicated And Caring Teacher
BA Flora McDonald College 1960
ECU: MAED Elementary Education 1977
MAED Administration 1980
Dr. James S. Pressley1999Teacher/Administrator A Friend To Students
UNC Chapel Hill: AB-MAED-PhD
MRE Southern Seminary
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
John T. Richards1999Dedicated Educator: Professor, Outstanding Advisor,
Chair of Special Education for 30 Years.
Known of Father of Sp. Ed. In Eastern N.C.
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
Mary Lois Staton1999All Are Touched By Her Charm - Intellect - Professionalism
And Leadership. Advocate of Reading,
Consummate Communicator, And Philanthropist
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. Elizabeth A. Wheatley1999Reading Teacher, Author, Consultant.
School Director & Academic Dean.
Director: Holmes Reading Center &
Mary L. Staton Reading Conference
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
Frank E. Barham2000ECU: BS 1963, MA 1966, School Superintendent
Professor Emeritus University of Virginia
Executive Director Va. School Board Association
Pres. National Council of Professors of Ed. Administration
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
Edward J. Carter2000Teacher - Administrator - Director
Chair - Dean
Educational Historian
Thomas A. Chambliss2000Dedicated Administrator and Professor
Of Education for 32 Years
Found His Greatest Reward In His
Relationships With His Students, Retired 1995
Cleet Clyde Cleetwood2000Teacher/Coach, Principal, Superintendent
and Professor of Education
Retired 1982, Completing 37 Years of
Outstanding Service to the Education Profession
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
Mary Cook Fawcett2000BS Education University of South Carolina
MAEd UNC-Greensboro
Teacher of the Year - Mount Airy City Schools
Education From the Heart
Allan A. Glatthorn2000Distinguished Teacher and Scholar
Dedicated To the Preparation Of
Strong Instructional Leaders
For Eastern North Carolina
Ann Wicker Harrison2000yesTeacher, Administrator, Counselor, Dedicated
To Nurturing The Growth Of All Learners.
We Are All Richer For Having Known You.
Irene Smith Howell2000Founder of Howell Centers
For Her Commitment, Vision, and Unselfish Dedication
In Making North Carolina A Better Place
For Individuals With Developmental Disabilities
Antoinette Jenkins2000Outstanding English Professor
East Carolina University
Who Devoted Personal Time
To Help the Less Gifted Student
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
Floyd Mattheis2000Extraordinary Science Educator and Mentor
Loving Husband, Father, and Friend
1991 Distinguished Service to Science Ed Award
1996 Robert H. Carlton Award
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
Vivian Wilson Mott2000Master Educator
In the Field of Adult Education
Who Inspires and Empowers All Students
Valuing Diversity For A Better Society
Jay M. Robinson2000Special Friend of Education
And Educators
In North Carolina
A. Louis Singleton2000yesBoard of Trustees
East Carolina University
1977-1980 and 1983-1987
Retired Attorney
Rose Sinicrope2000ECU Assistant Professor
Of Math Education
"With Deep Appreciation For Teachers
Trained and Endless Lives Touched"
Jane McDuffie Smith2000Middle School Science Teacher
Kidney Donor to Her Student Michael Carter
"There Is Never A Wrong Time To Do The Right Thing"
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
Florence S. Weaver2000In Addition to Research and Being an Effective
Departmental Chairperson
She Valued Her Students And Enhanced Their Lives
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
Rose Holland Brown 2001Guidance Counselor with Johnston County Schools
for 40 Years
Her Belief In and Knowledge Of Her Students
Enabled Each Student to Reach Their Greatest Potential
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
Dr. Charles R. Coble 2001An Exceptional Leader, Dedicated to Excellence in Education
Who Envisions Possibilities and
Inspires Within Others
A Deep Sense of Purpose
Candice (Mamie) Dixon2001yesViolinist, Loving Wife and Mother
Suzuki Music Teacher, Orchestra Director
Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Past President
Friends School of Music
Clara Woolard Dixon2001Educator and Devoted Mother
Who Served Her Community Through
the Public Schools and Church
A Loving Influence on Family and Friends
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. William C. Friday2001Educational Luminary Offering Great Care and Detail
In Shaping the North Carolina System of Higher Education
His Leadership Has Widely Changed Many Lives
Dr. Frank Fuller 2001Chair, Professor, Teacher, Psychometrist
State President of N.C.E.A.
American Personnel and Guidance Association
Greenville City Council
Norfleet Gardner 2001"We Recognize Your Outstanding Dedication to Education,
Excellence as a Teacher and
Inspiration by Leadership."
Coats High School, Class of 1965
Dr. Willie Gilchrist2001Superintendent of Halifax County Schools
Outstanding Educator and Leader
Family: Wife, Jacqueline
Children: Wyvondalyn, Steven, and Willie II
R. Marshall Helms2001Prof. of Physics: Goldsboro High School, NCSU, and ECU
PreArmy for War Electronics Educators, Director of Visiting
Scientists for NC High Schools, Supporter of Anajao, Phillipines Elem. Sch.
Husband to: MSH MCH CWH Loved Husband
Dr. H. C. Hudgins Jr.2001AB, High Point College; MEd, UNC-Chapel Hill; EdD, Duke University
Teacher and Principal; Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership, ECU
Over 40 years of Dedicated Service - Retired 1997
Outstanding Educator, Author, Scholar, Mentor, and Friend
Gov. James B. Hunt Jr.2001"I Challenge North Carolinians to Raise Out Sights & Raise Our Schools
To An Even Higher Level. By the Year 2010, North Carolina
Will Build the Best System of Public Schools of Any State in America.
By the End of the First Decade of the 21st Century, We Will Be First in Education."
Dr. Douglas James 2001"Visionary, Practical, Persistent Educational Leadership
Is Critical to the Preparation of Students for Success In
An Ever Changing World."
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
Ada Powell Leonard2001Teacher: Home
Community College
Carrie Roberson Martin2001yesA Teacher Who Loved What She Did
Everyday for Forty Years
Educating Children
Charles Brantley Martin 2001Teacher, Principal, Superintendent, Community Leader
A Lifetime Dedicated to Children, Education, and
Public Service
"Education is the Best Insurance Policy One Can Have"
Dr. Raymond H. Martinez 2001"An Esteemed Visionary, Scholar, Scientist,
College Administrator, Mentor, Friend; and
A Determined, yet Gracious Winning Swim Coach."
ECU: 1954-1986
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.
Robersonville High School2001The Dedicated Faculties and the High Expectations
of this "School of Excellence"
Prepared Her Students to Become Successful and
Contributing Members of Society
Margaret E. Rogerson2001Dedicated Wife, Mother, and Educator
"Forever Learning and Forever Sharing"
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
Mary Schmidt, Ph.D.2001The Pennsylvania State University
Dedicated Educator, Administrator, Scholar,
Teacher and Mentor
Her Mind Knows No Boundaries
Rodney Schmidt, DMA 2001The University of Colorado
Musician, Educator, Administrator,
Mentor, Explorer of Technology
Thinks Differently
Joan Shappley2001Teacher
Marilyn Sheerer, Ph.D.2001Teacher and Professor; Dean, School of Education, ECU
Respected Scholar, Exemplary Educator,
Outstanding Communicator, and Skillful Problem-Solver
A Visionary Leader Whose Expertise, Dedication, and Enthusiasm Inspire Us All
Patricia Williams Sheppard2001yesEducator Whose Gift of Teaching
Will Always Be Reflected
In the Achievements and Lives of Her Students
Dr. Beatrice Seal Simmons2001PhD In Sacred Theology
Religious Educator, Ordained Minister
Social Worker, Church Leader, Community Leader
Guardian Ad Litem
Dr. Harold C. Simmons 2001PhD In Art Education
Art Historian, Author, Illustrator,
Artist, Photographer, Archaeologist,
Church Elder, Scout Leader
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
Dr. Richard C. Todd 2001East Carolina University Department of History 1950-1977
Phi Sigma Pi Faculty Advisor 1950-1977
Devoted Husband of "Sweetheart" Todd
"A Scholar, Leader, and Great Fellow"
Mrs. Eleanor Toll2001East Carolina University
School of Music Faculty Member
For 31 Years
Sandra Rivenbark Wait 2001MSA, UNC-Wilmington, 1997: BA in Biology, UNC-Wilmington, 1989
"I Get A Sense of Accomplishment and Enjoyment in Contributing
To the Professional Development of Staff and
Watching the Effect Manifested in the Success of Children."
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
Nancy Griffin Baucom 2002noPiedmont Middle School Teacher
Monroe, NC 27 Years
Teacher of the Year 1977, 1983, 1995
Mentor, Shakespeare Club Sponsor
National Board Certified Educator
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.
William E. Castle 2002noBS in Secondary Education; MA and PhD In Speech Pathology; Asst. Prof. U of VA 1963-65; Educator of the Deaf; Dean and Director National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology 1968-95
Diane L. Castle 2002noBS In Elem. Educ; MS & PhD In Speech Path. & Aud. Research, Curriculum Development and Teaching Use of Telecommunication Devices By Deaf & Hard Of Hearing Employees
Jane Joyner Cox 2002
Joseph Eppye Debnam 2002noDynamic Force In Greene County
Educational Pioneer: First Greene County Superintendent of Public Schools
Journalist: Founder of the Standard Laconic Newspaper
Business, Civic, & Church Leader; Married to Birdie S. Debnam
Michael A. Dorsey 2002noDean, ECU School of Art
Committed Servant of the University,
Inspired Leader of Artists
Dedicated Promoter of the Visual Arts For All
A Great Friend
H. Tallie Dupree 2002noA Marine Officer and Combat Veteran who Became our Coach, Teacher, and Friend. Whether on the Playing Field or in Life, you Taught us to do our Best, be Team Players, Play by the Rules, and Most Importantly to win With Dignity. Coates High School, Class of '65
Elizabeth Edwards2002noHigh School Math Teacher and Guidance Counselor
Math Came Alive in her Classroom for all Students. Her Patience With and Determination for Student Success was Evident in her Teaching and Guidance.
FHS Alumni
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
Gwyn Griffin 2002noPrincipal Piedmont Middle for 18 Years
Monroe, NC National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence 1991
Principal of the Year 1985 and 1989
Administrator of the Year 1989
Loretta Brickhouse Guard 2002yesThirty-Three Years of Unselfish and Tireless Service For the Youth of Chowan County 1969-2002
Margaret Blount Harvey 2002noA devoted Advocate for public education demonstrated by personal sacrifices over 60 years
Betty Debnam Hunt 2002noJournalist & Childhood Educator
Creator of the Publication for Children, The Mini Page
Daughter of Stella Debnam and Newsman W.E. Debnam
Granddaughter of Berdie L. Debnam and J.E. Debnam, Newspaper Editors and Educators
Evelyn Russell Joyner 2002noA Dedicated and Enthusiastic Teacher.
Her Love of God, Family, Life, and Literature With Generations of Students, Inspiring Many to Teach and Lead Others.
A Steadfast Friend.
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
Patricia Long 2002
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
Dr. William B. Martin 2002noAn Educator, Mentor, and Student Advisor
Faculty Advisor to NCAE and Kappa Delta Pi for Twenty-Five Years
Advocate for Spec Ed, Middle Schools, and Outdoor Education
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
Brenda S. Nash 2002noThe 2001-2002
Camden Middle School Teacher of the Year
Camden County Schools Teacher of the Year
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.
Annie Perkins 2002First Grade Teacher for 43 Years in Farmville
Schools. In 1921 Perkins Hall was Named in her Honor. Three
Generations of Farmville Students Began Their Quest for Knowledge
Under her Capable Directions.
Educator 1896-1946
Valerie Davis Austin Powers* 2002yesMaster Teacher In the Area of Behavioral/
Emotional Disorders
Been A Turning Point in the Lives of Many
Dr. Michael Priddy 2002A Leader who Gives not Only of his Wisdom, but
Also of his Faith in the Power of a Good Education
to Give all Children a Place of Permanence in a
World in Transition.
Louisa Morton Ringo2002yesShe is There for her Students in the Classroom and in Life,
Pushing, Encouraging, and Always Teaching.

Vivian M. Covington
R. Eugene Rogers2002Teacher: Principal: Superintendent: Legislator
Served the People of Eastern North Carolina
With Diligence and Integrity.
Hope Rollins 2002High School Math Teacher. She Recognized Potential in her
Students and Provided Opportunity for its Development. Her
Competency as a Teacher was Reflected in her Students Lives
and Their Achievements.
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
Gordon Smith III2002Governors, Gordon Smith III Continues the
Tradition In Bringing To NC Children A Special
Education About the Global Economy By
Establishing Exploris Museum.
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.
Dr. Ronny VanSant 2002Director of East Carolina University Teaching
Fellows For 12 Years. Exemplary In Education
and Leadership, Molding Young People Into
Model Teachers
Always Gracious and Professional
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"
John Dornan2003Dedication and Contribution to North Carolina
Schools Through Exceptional Leadership of the
Public School Forum of North Carolina
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
Dr. Willie James Gilchrist2003Superintendent of Halifax County Schools
Outstanding Educator and Leader
Family: Wife, Jacqueline
Children: Wyvondalyn, Steven, and Willie II
Lucille Gorham2003Pastoral Assistant, St. Gabriel's Catholic Church
Member, Pitt County School Board for 14 Years; Substitute Teacher
Greenville Schools; Member, Greenville Beautification Committee;
Member, Board of Ethics, Pitt County Memorial Hospital
A Lovely Person of Compassion and Courage
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.
Dr. Keith D. Holmes2003Professor of Education 1951-1975
Teacher and Mentor
Founded the Holmes Reading Clinic
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.
Mary Cox Kiser2003BA & M.ED Early Childhood,
University of South Carolina
National Board Certified in Social Studies
1998 Teacher of the Year
Piedmont Middle School, Monroe, NC
Sheila Warlick London2003Middle School Educator
Teacher of the Year
Dedicated to Excellence for All Leaders
Starlette McCollum200330 Years of Service to Unionville Elementary School
An Outstanding, Loyal, and Dedicated Teacher
Who Gave Selflessly and Willingly To Others
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.
Dr. Marilyn Sheerer 2003A visionary leader whose expertise,
dedication & enthusiasm inspire us all.
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.
Dr. Donald E. Bailey2004An Educator, an Administrator, and a Dean
East Carolina University 1961-1994
He can Never tell Where his Influence Stops.
Henry Brooks Adams
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
Anna H. Cartner2004An Outstanding Educator who Taught in the Public Schools for
41 Years and Developed Innovative Techniques for Teaching
Reading to Middle School Students With Learning Disabilities.
Gail Sykes Clayton2004yesHelping Students Reach Their Potential
Both in the Classroom and on the Athletic Field
N. Rene Corders2004Any Good, Therefore, That I can do, let me do it now.
2003 Wachovia Principal of the Year.
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
Gladys D. Howell2004Tenured Professor; Chairman, Political Science Department
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Chancellor, East Carolina University
Leadership That Reached the top by Rising up Through the Ranks
Gladys D. Howell2004Her Passion for Learning and her Love of Teaching Have Made
her Mentor and Friend to any Willing to Learn
Always, and in Every one of her Many Spheres of Service,
she has Placed High Value on High Achievement.
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.
Jo Ann Norris2004N.C. Teacher of the Year 1979-1980
Associate Executive Director, Public School Forum of N.C.
Committed to Quality Education for all Children
Political Affairs Specialist, Lobbyist, Advocate for Women
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.
Dr. Donald L. Spence2004Director of Japan Center East
Associate Director of International Affairs
ECU Associate Professor of Education
Mentor and Friend to Students
Dedicated Family Member and Friend - Sensei
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
Lurline B. Wheless2004She Instilled in her Students a Desire to Learn
and Made Learning fun.
Science Teacher 1944-1975
FCHS Alumni
Walter L. Williams2004A Visionary, Advocate, and
True Believer in East Carolina University
and Eastern North Carolina
Mr. William A. Ballance 2005N.C. State Graduate
Began Vocational Agriculture Program in Hometown
Taught 31 Years in Wayne County Schools
A Dedicated Teacher Admired by his Students
Mrs. Estelle Aycock Ballance 2005Education Began in One-Room School
1925 NCWC Graduate
Taught in Kinston and Goldsboro
Great Inspiration to her Family and to her Students
Dr. Joseph Greene Boyette2005yesCommitted to Sharing his Broad Knowledge
and Deep Love of the Ecology
of Eastern North Carolina
Molly Corbett Broad2005She Dedicated her Professional Career to Higher Education and
Elevated Teacher Education as a University-wide Priority Across
the 16-campus University of 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.
Dr. Harold Carter Griffin2005His Caring, Patience, and Kind Smile
leads us to see the Potential in Everyone and Every Situation
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
Dr. Chia-yu Li2005His passion for learning and teaching, his intensity and
excitement serve as spark and inspiration for students of all
ages. He is truly the consummate educator.
Professor and Chairman, ECU Department of Chemistry
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
Dr. George C. Martin Jr.2005"...inimitable style..."
" devotion..."
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.
Marguerite Austin Perry2005Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, ECU 1940-1987
She believes it is not enough to speak the language of another
people; we must open our minds and hearts to embrace the whole
John Lanier Roberson2005yesTeacher - Principal - Mentor
He Challenged his Students to Excel
In the Study of Mathematics and Science.
Nell A. Stallings2005Dedicated ECU Professor of Physical Education for 35 years
She is Remembered as a Quiet, Caring, and Innovative
Teacher who Walked Beside her Students to Guide Them.
Dr. William Scott Thomson2005Ph.D. Elementary Education, The Florida State University, 1986
Dedicated ECU Professor of Elementary Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction 1990-2005
Teacher, Researcher, Servant, Mentor
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
Dr. Ivan G. Wallace2005Innovative, Visionary, Professor and Chairperson
College of Education, East Carolina University
Advancing Technology Throughout
the Business Education Curriculum
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
Melva McCrory Burke2006Privileged to be a Teacher
Stanley County 1972-1977
Pfeiffer College 1977-1996
East Carolina University 1996-2006
Coni Clark20062006-2007 Wahl-Coates School Teacher of the Year
2006-2007 Pitt County Teacher of the Year
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
Marvin M. Everett, Sr.2006 Teacher, Principal, Mentor
Church and Civic Leader, Friend
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.
Mary Ellen Maxwell2006Member, Currituck County Board of Education 1981-2006
President, North Carolina School Boards Association 1990-1991
President, National School Boards Association 1999-2000
A Wife, A Mother - Our Hero
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.
Charlotte Posey Teague2006Hoke County High School, Raeford, NC
ECU, Stratford College BA, UVA
Danville Christian Schools and Bethel Christian Academy
A Truly Christian Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Teacher
Husband: Frank; Sons: Frank III and Dwain
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
Beatrice A. Chauncey2007Long time teacher, mentor and friend to numberless students
generous donor of scholarships to music students for many years
with provision for a legacy into the future.
George E. Cooper2007yesTeacher, Principal,
Shepard to Students, Faculty, Staff and Fellow Educators
Respect for Children is his Commitment
Margaret Ruth Darcy2007A woman of dignity, honor, and values,
she lived her life as an example to others, enriching them all
with her humanity and an everlasting love of learning.
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.
Howard N. Lee2007A Visionary, A Statesman, A Leader
A Defender of the Right of Every Child to a Sound Basic
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.
Robyn R. Render2007Using technology as a tool for teaching and learning,
she has advanced access and quality of education.
M. Theresa (Terry) Shank2007yesA Visionary Leader
A Dedicated Teacher
An Accomplished Musician; An Advocate for Education
A Voice for the Arts
Tammy Stephenson2007PTA Leader and tireless advocate
promoting educational opportunities
for all students in Pitt County Schools
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
Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson2008First Female Elected State Superintendent
Lifelong Educator and Champion of Innovation
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
Austin Warren Bunch2008Outstanding Teacher, Teacher Educator,
Special Needs Advocate, University Administrator,
Civil Leader and Servant 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.
Lilla G. Holsey2008Teacher, Mentor, Colleague and Friend
Admired, respected and revered for her commitment and
dedication to Career and Technical Education
Department of Business and Information Technologies Education
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.
John A. Swope2008An esteemed educator
who has perservered to expand minds both
professionally and personally -
education is a part of every facet of his life.
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
Brenda Hutchinson Hope2009In 35 years she never let bureaucracy
interfere with loving and teaching a child.
She turned disability into potential
and potential into productive citizens.
Kimberly Moore Jessup2009yes2008-2009 Wintergreen Intermediate Teacher of the Year
2009-2009 Pitt County Teacher of the Year
"Teaching Minds, Touching Hearts"
Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr.2009William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy
and Entrepreneurship
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Entrepreneur, Demographer, Scholar, Community Leader
Native of Farmville, NC
 Carolyn Cox Ledford2009ECU Associate Professor
Teacher, Advisor, Mentor
Global Educator
Japanese Partnership Leader
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.
Ovid Williams Pierce2009A mild mannered Southern Gentleman, Army
Counterintelligence Officer, Professor, Confidant, Mentor
Adviser to ECU Kappa Alpha Order – Gamma Rho Chapter.
Author of The Plantation and four other books.
Beverly B. Reep2009Superintendent
Pitt County Schools
A Visionary Instructional Educator
A Caring and Thoughtful Leader
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!
Dr. Ronald B. Singletary2009Distinguished Superintendent of Onslow County Schools 1991-2006
North Carolina Superintendent of the Year
A respected teacher, principal, and educational leader
totally committed to serving his students, parents, teachers,
staffs, and communities
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.
Victoria Doreen Yarbrough Atwater2010Teacher, child advocate, educational surrogate parent
Dedicated to the education and rights of
children with special needs
A vigilant supporter to many disadvantaged children
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
Communities in Schools of Pitt County In Memory of Kathy Taft2010The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students
with a community of support, empowering them to
stay in school and achieve in life.
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.
Grace W. Hooper2010"May I live in a house beside the road,
and be a friend to man."
Nancy Jane Miller Houston2010Outstanding educator and leader.
Her legacy will live on through the many she has touched,
including her two daughters, both wonderful teachers.
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.
Odell Luther Welborn2010Leadership in preparation for life
through Athletics, Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Safety
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.
Lynn Lewis Lane2011Devoted Advocate of Education
Proven Career Finance Professional
Dedicated to improving higher education
opportunities for students through service
and as a donor.
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
Katherine Elizabeth Misulis2011Educator, Leader, Facilitator,
Life-Long Learner, Friend
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.
Dr. Al Muller2011Professor of English Education
ECU 1976-2011
Master Teacher, Lifelong Learner
Dr. Veronica S. Pantelidis2011Visionary, futurist, mentor
Library Science & Instructional Technology
Virtual Reality in Education Pioneer
COE Distinguished Professor;
35 Years ECU 1976-2011
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
Dr. Betty Gurkin Beacham2012Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Leader,
Advocate for national and community service.
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.
W. Bryan Latham, M.D.2012In tribute to my teachers,
who gave me life and shaped my future.
Teaching creates all other professions.
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.
Howard L. Sosne, Ph.D.2012Superintendent, Wayne and Pitt County Public schools,
1988 – 2000
An educator affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops.
Dr. Katye Sowell2012Founding Member and President of
North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Traveler, Educator, Mentor, Friend
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
Dr. Sunday A. Ajose2013Mathematician, Mathematics Educator, Teacher, Scholar
Above all else, always a kind, gentle caring mentor and friend
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.
Gertrude Flagg Dalzell2013A Loving Mother and Dedicated Teacher
who has meant to much to so many.
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. Richard R. Eakin2013East Carolina University
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. Sara B. McCraw2013When Sara smiled, she Reminded us to Love, Connect,
Be our Best, Teach and Inspire.
She made everyone she met feel like an All Star.
Debbie Cohen O'Neal2013Educator, Adventurer, Mother, and Friend.
An inspiration to everyone she met.
A tireless worker who always did what she loved and loved what she did.
Her presence will be missed throughout the world.
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
Ray Vaughn Spain Ed.D2013Visionary Pioneer for Education,
dedicated champion of champions for schools & communities
and positive innovator for progressive change
Dr. Katalin Szucs2013Program coordinator, mathematics lab director, 
mentor to numerous lab assistants and graduate students,
but most of all, a teacher at heart who inspired her students.
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
Dr. Diane L. Frost201437 years in service to student success
Asheboro City Schools
Barbara P. Glatthorn2014A Believer in Education
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
James Henry Jones2014Through Vision, Leadership, and Fair Play
He Transformed the Educational Landscape
in Northampton County
NC’s1st Black School Board Chairman
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
Debbie Metcalf2014Servant Leader * Beloved Mentor
A Master Teacher Who Believes Each Student is a Star!
We all learn in different ways.
Let your strengths shine!
Cynthia Parker Miller2014yesTeaching and studying
at a distance is an
effective educational strategy.
Dr. Dorothy Hiott Muller2014A Dedicated and Respected Advocate of Education
And Leadership Excellence
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
Deborah Wiggins Seehorn2014Providing Leadership, Inspiration, and Vision for
Mathematics, Business, and Computing Education
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”
Mary Ann Southern2014“Train up a child in the way he
should go: and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.”
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
Frank Pleasant Teague Jr.2014Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, NC
Wake Forest University BA History
Captain United States Army; Devoted Teacher
A Dedicated, Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather
Wife: Charlotte; Sons Frank III and Dwain
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
Dr. Elton Lee Newbern Jr.2015Halifax Community College
1988 - 1998
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
Dr. Christine M. Shea2015"A creative champion who
encouraged and appreciated
rigorous scholarship and diversity
at ECU from 1998 - 2015"
Lou Anna Hardee2015Dedicated to providing friendly, quality and outstanding service
to the students, college, university and community.
A True Pirate and Friend to Many!
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.
Dr. Linda Ann Patriarca2015East Carolina University
Dean, College of Education
2008 - 2015
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.
Joanne Bath2015For believing in the capabilities of all children
mentoring their teachers and parents
modeling kindness and wisdom, and being one of the first
to teach the Suzuki Approach to Learning outside of Japan.
Jananne Waller2015Passionately pursuing God's Best for every child.
Dedicated to the development of unique paths for individuals
to experience a lifetime of creative achievement.
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.
Dr. Kathi Wilhite2016Special Educator
Dedicated to the Improvement of
Educational Opportunities for
Individuals with Disabilities
Dr. John A. Swope2016An esteemed educator
who has persevered to expand minds both
professionally and personally-
education is a part of every facet of his life.
Dr. Katherine O'Connor2016COE Associate Professor - Director of EC Scholars
Associate Dean of ECU's Honors College
Advocate for Gifted Education
Decisions are simple when children are put first.
Dr. Robert C. Hanes2016He devoted his lift to serving
students and teachers with unwavering
passion, dedication and courage.
Peggy Ruth Jackson Nelson2016Educate, Graduate, Freedom!
Believe in Self and People, Better the world!
Life's Gift is not what you Gather But What You "Scatter"!
I Never Met A Student I Didn't LIKE!
Mary Alice Yarbrough2016We teachers, students, and administrators are on
an incredible journey called EDUCATION;
we reach our destinations only if we begin
with the end clearly in sight.
Carla Barrows Frinsko2016In recognition of her passion for and dedication to
the education of all children
regardless of their background, circumstances, challenges or limitations
Gwenlyn Goodson Jeffreys2016yesGwenlyn Goodson Jeffreys
Dr. B. Grant Hayes2016East Carolina University
College of Education
Dean and Distinguished Professor
Dr. Sandra Warren2016Sandra Hopfengardner Warren, PhD
Special Education faculty member 2000-
We're energized by our incredible undergraduate & graduate
students & community colleagues! Go Pirate Educators!
Dr. Patricia Peoples2016Patricia Lois Peoples
Forever a Pirate
Teach. Lead. Inspire.
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
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…
Lisa Yeldell Barmer2018“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old
he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6
Michelle Rouse Bowen2018Loving, caring, compassionate
encouraging and patient.
Teaching is the work of her heart.
Julia Dawkins Brickhouse2018yesSpecial Educator
Each individual has the ability and
right to learn and communicate as
an active participant in their world.
Phoebe Moore Dail2018Eastern North Carolina Native
Who Valued Young People and their Education
Her Passion and Commitment to East Carolina University
Were Unwavering
Wilford Morris Davis III2018Teaching was a joy, not a job.
Always remember to keep your fingers
on the home row keys!
Maureen Louise Ellis2018Autograph your work with excellence
and you will always be proud.
Holly Heath Fales2018yesNational Board Certified Teacher
Committed to excellence
in teaching and learning.
Johna Lee Faulconer2018Believer
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
Amanda Oliver Holton2018“Free the Child’s Potential,
and You Will Transform
Him into the World.”
Maria Montessori
Gwen P. Jeffreys2018yesMy life is enriched by my experience at ECU. 
Graduating from this University has enabled me to grow
spiritually, physically and mentally.
Stephen E. Kirk2018Dedicated Educator
and Life Long Pirate
Eric Kisling2018Lead, Inspire, and Teach
with compassion and Mercy.
Learning is a lifelong road
that never ends!
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.
Katherine E Misulis2018Educator, Leader, Facilitator
Life-long Learner, Friend
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.
Diane Terry Sena2018Ms. Sena set high standards for
herself as well as her students.
her legacy is a generation of
successful and grateful graduates.
April Shackleford2018Her mantra is to educator the whole child.
She believes one must MASLOW,
Before one can BLOOM!
Elizabeth Harris Sparrow2018yesBusiness Education Teacher
East Carolina University and J. H. Rose High School
Encouraged excellence in students
Richard Kent Spruill2018For thirty-nine years I taught a smaller number
of things better and instilled an understanding
of and appreciation for the geologic processes
that impact our planet.
Patricia Stallings2018
Rebecca Stell2018“The child is both a hope and a
promise for mankind.”
Maria Montessori
Dorothy Tolson2018
Sherry Smith Tripp2018Licensure Specialist Extraordinaire
Loyal COE Employee Whose Work Always Shows
Perseverance, Integrity, Tenacity and Honesty
Ivan G. Wallace2018Innovative, Visionary, Professor and Chairperson
College of Education, East Carolina University
Advancing Technology throughout
the Business Education Curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
Todd A. Fraley2020Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you,
spend a lot of time with them,
and it will change your life. – Amy Poehler
Christopher Ulffers2020Music Speaks Where Words Fail
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
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
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
Patricia Jean Anderson2024noElementary Education Professor and Teacher Educator

Faculty Governance Leader

Fostering excellence in education
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.
Guili Zhang2024noAn Award-winning National and Global Leader in Education