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.
Nicole graduated Cum Laude from East Carolina University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. While at East Carolina she served as the Vice President for the Student Council for Exceptional Children and was named a Pat and Lynn Lane Scholar. Nicole has worked as a self-contained autism teacher and as an Autism Center Based Program Teacher for the Pitt County Schools. In 2014 she was named the K-12 Autism Coach for the Pitt County School System.
Representative Warren received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from East Carolina College in 1960 and her Master’s degree in Education from East Carolina University in 1974. Representative Warren taught school in Bethel, Williamston, and Farmville, before becoming Pitt County’s first full-time female principal. Representative Warren was also the first woman elected to the Pitt County Board of Commissioners and one of the first women from Pitt County elected to the NC General Assembly.
She represented District 8, Pitt and Martin Counties, in the State House of Representatives from 1999 to 2012. During this time she served on numerous committees including Agriculture, Education, Appropriations, Commerce, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Public Utilities. Education and Health Care greatly improved under her watch and leadership. She was instrumental in securing funding for the East Carolina Heart Institute, the Family Medical Center, the ECU Dental School, and other needs for eastern North Carolina.
Mrs. Warren retired in 1987 after a successful career as a Special Education Teacher. She was a charter member and a three- term chairperson of Communities In School of Pitt County.
Jim earned an undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and a Master’s in Counselor Education in 1975 and a Master’s in Adult Education in 1981. He earned his Doctorate in Education from North Carolina State University. Jim is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Sigma Pi. He started work at East Carolina in 1975 and had worked in roles with the North Carolina Attorney General. From 1981 until 2001, Jim worked in the Department of Student Life – University Residence Life, Continuing Education and Career Services where he served as both Assistant Director and Director. From 1991 until today, he has served as the Associate Dean of the College of Business.
The late Grace C. Whitehurst graduated from East Carolina Teachers College in 1945 with an AB degree in English and Social Science. She began her love for teaching in Richmond, Virginia but soon returned to her beloved “Old North State” to teach high school English and history. She loved teaching history because she felt it was important to understand from where you came and what has brought you to this point in time. She saw the proper use of the English language as a reflection of one’s education and professional persona. Students would often comment about how enthusiastic she was and how much she cared about what she taught.
It was Grace’s caring and compassionate nature for her students that led her to seek further education to become a high school guidance counselor, so she returned to her alma mater—now East Carolina College–to earn her Masters of Art in Education in 1951. After her passing in December of 2013, her niece discovered many notes and letters from former students expressing their appreciation for the care and support Grace offered while they were pondering their futures.