East Carolina University’s College of Education is pleased to have had this opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations from around the state for their extensive contributions to the field of education. 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. Nominations were secured with a minimum $1000 gift to the College for the establishment of the Educators Hall of Fame Endowment Scholarship. Scholarships will be given to outstanding education majors. The awards ceremony is held each Fall.
All of the Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. To view their info, simply click on an honoree’s name.
Jena Lee Gurganus Kerns is a two-time East Carolina University graduate. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English in 1970 and 1978 respectively. Mrs. Kerns teaching career spans thirty years and includes tenures at Saratoga Central High School, Ayden Middle School, and D.H. Conley High School. Mrs. Kerns is a three-time winner of the Best Yearbook in North Carolina for 4-A High Schools. She was an officer of the North Carolina Press Association from 1984 until 2000. In 1975, she was recognized as the Teacher of the Year at Saratoga Central High School in Saratoga, North Carolina.
Dr. Kester received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Texas Woman’s University. She also received her Master of Arts degree in Education, her Master of Library Science degree, and a degree as an Educational Specialist from East Carolina University in 1970,1973, and 1984. Continuing her education further, Dr. Kester received her PhD from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1990. She has taught Library Science for almost 20 years at East Carolina University and is currently the Executive Editor for the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at ECU. She was recognized as Outstanding Educator and received the Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Service Through Continuing Education. Dr. Kester is sponsored by Suzanne Brooks.