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.
The late Dr. Sunday Ajose was an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at East Carolina University from 1988 until his passing in 2012. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1968. In 1970, he received his Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University and in 1974 he received his PhD from the University of South Carolina. He began his career as a middle school math teacher. Dr. Ajose taught at Kean College of New Jersey and chaired the Mathematics Department at Essex County College during his career which spanned nearly 50 years. Dr. Ajose was a member of the International Congress for Mathematics Education, the Benjamin Banneker Association, and the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Mrs. Alexander received her Bachelors of Science in Grammar Grade/Elementary Education in 1957 from East Carolina College. She taught in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for over 2 years. Mrs. Alexander continues to tutor in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and has done so since 1998.
Mrs. Ambrose received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Vocational and Technical Education from East Carolina University in 1971, and her Master’s degree in Education from East Carolina University in 1990. She was awarded Teacher of the Year of Gates County High School in 2002.
The late Myron Mooney Angell was born and raised in Mocksville. He graduated from Davie High School and East Carolina University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Education Administration, and advanced certificate in Science Education. From 1962-1965, Myron served with the Army Security Agency overseas in England. Myron taught at Swansboro High School as a science teacher from 1969 – 1993.
Joseph Atkins is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from ECU in 1970 and went on to study Philosophy at the University of Munich in Germany before earning his Master of Arts in Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C.
His journalism career included stints at newspapers in North Carolina and Mississippi, eventually leading to a correspondent position with Gannett News Service in Washington, D.C where Joe covered Congress and the U.S. South.
As a professor at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism, Joe continues his interest in labor, politics, and culture in the U.S. South, writing about them for a variety of publications. He is author of “Covering for the Bosses: Labor and the Southern Press,” and editor/contributing author of “The Mission: Journalism, Ethics and the World.” Atkins’ novella Crossed Roads was a finalist in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Awards in New Orleans. In 2011 he received the “Advocate of the Year” award from the Mississippi Association for Justice for his writings on social justice issues.
Joe is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, a national Journalism Scholarship Society, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the American Association of University Professors.
The Sanford Central High School Class of 1966 is sponsoring Joseph Burton Atkins for the 2017 Educators Hall of Fame.
HIS plaque reads:
Teacher and Writer
Advocate for Social Justice
Proud ECU Graduate and Pirate
The honorable Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson is the North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction and has held this position since 2005. Shes oversees more than 1.4 million students in 2,300 schools across the state. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Radford University in 1969, her Masters degree in Vocational and Technical Education from Virginia Tech in 1974, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from North Carolina State University in 1996.
Mr. Atwater received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University in 1969. He has spent his life giving back to his community by serving on numerous school and non-profit boards, most notably, his work with The Hill Center in Durham which provides students who have been diagnosed as having specific learning disabilities the opportunity to achieve at a level commensurate with their intellectual abilities. Mr. Atwater has also served on the ECU Foundation board and the Business Advisory Council.
Mrs. Atwater received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Greensboro College in 1969 and her Master’s in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1971. She is also passionate about community service. Mrs. Atwater is a Surrogate Parent in the Exceptional Children’s Program in the Durham Public Schools and a member of the Junior Leagues of Durham and Orange County. In 1995, she was recognized by the Learning Disabilities Association of Durham for her distinguished, devoted service and outstanding leadership. Mrs. Atwater’s son, Charlie Atwater is accepting the award on her behalf.
Ms. Avery received her Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University in 1994 and her Master of Music in 1996 from the University of Michigan. She is currently the Director of Bands at Roanoke Rapids High School in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and is the 2008-2009 Roanoke Rapids Graded School District’s Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Alan Bailey is an Associate Professor and Head of the Teaching Resources Center at ECU’s Joyner Library. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University in 1984. In 1993, he received his Master of Library Science degree from East Carolina University and in 2003 he received a second Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. He began his career as a school media coordinator at Sandhills Elementary School in Carthage, North Carolina and later at Micro Elementary School in Micro, North Carolina. Mr. Bailey went on to serve as branch manager of Greenville’s George Washington Carver Library and Coordinator of Evening Services for the Pitt Community College Learning Resources Center. Prior to his current position, Mr. Bailey served in several roles with Joyner Library, including Personnel and Staff Librarian. Mr. Bailey has received numerous awards including the 2013 Roadbuilder’s Award for Academic Librarianship presented by the North Carolina Association’s Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns.
Over his 33-year career as a librarian, Alan Bailey has served as a public school librarian, a branch manager of a public library, and has worked in community college and university libraries. For more than 20 of those years, he has been directly responsible for developing collections for young children. Alan is the author of the book, “Building a Core Print Collection for Preschoolers” and considers serving on the Randolph Caldecott Award Committee and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee two of his career highlights.
A native of Washington, North Carolina, he received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and advanced degrees from East Carolina University and North Carolina Central University. Alan currently serves as Associate Professor and Head of the Teaching Resources Center at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library.
Ms. Clare Shea is pleased and proud to recognize Alan Bailey’s continued service to the profession by adding an additional star to his original Hall of Fame plaque.
HIS plaque reads:
Advocate for reading, literacy,
and lifelong learning.
Mrs. Baldwin began teaching in 1933 and retired after 39 years of service. She received the first “Outstanding Service” award given at J.H. Rose High School in 1977. Mrs. Baldwin accompanied by a family, Kristen Lanier Evans.