11th Annual Education Foundation / TD Bank Hall of Fame

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2013 Hall of Fame Ceremony – Thursday, March  21, 2013 Hendersonville Country Club – 5:45 p.m.   Learn More Keynote Speaker: Dr. Molly A. Parkhill, President of Blue Ridge Community College … [Read more...]

10th Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony – March 15th

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The Henderson County Education Foundation Education Hall of Fame will add nine inductees on March 15, honoring 87 retired educators over the past 10 years.  The 10th annual TD Bank/HCEF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies will be Thursday, March 15 in Hendersonville Country Club starting 5:45 p.m. The event is the chief HCEF fundraiser, to help pay for scholarships and grants. Other sponsors are Park Ridge Health and, for the first time, the Selee Corp. The upcoming keynote speaker, retired Hendersonville High teacher and former school board chairman Tom Orr, founded the Hall of Fame and the History Committee with purpose to “record and preserve (countywide) educational heritage.” He next hopes to do so with publications and videos, via the newly-formed Henderson County Education History Initiative Committee he facilitated. Banquet tickets cost $30. For more on HCEF programs or events, call 698-8884 or 696-6688The nine new inductees are the late principal Dean Augustus Ward; … [Read more...]

Kenneth B.”Keg” Wheeler

Kenneth B. Wheeler

Keg Wheeler created landmark elementary P.E. and outdoor education programs in Henderson County. His programs were state and national models. He used natural materials or inexpensive equipment and created the region's first elementary demonstration center in health and P.E. Keg was know for his creativity, diligence and inspiration. … [Read more...]

Joe O. Spearman

Joe O. Spearman

Joe Spearman has given his time, ideas and energy to education for decades. A County Commissioner, HCPS school board member from 1982-1996; a member of the BRCC Education Foundation; BRCC Board of Trustees chairman since 1991. A “leader and a consensus builder. ” Under his leadership, BRCC has maintained a “superior” rating. … [Read more...]

Susie Smith Sinclair

Susie Smith Sinclair

Ms. Sinclair taught English at Flat Rock from 1927-1957. "Her combination of wisdom, gentleness, sternness, rigor, insight and creativity were wonderful to behold and experience." Her students "begged her to keep going into next period." She touched minds, hearts and souls with the splendor of the written and spoken word. … [Read more...]

Hugh D. Randall

Hugh D. Randall

Hugh Randall served as Superintendent of Hendersonville City Schools from 1954-1978. He set up an innovative school for migrant children, helped found Blue Ridge Community College, the Hendersonville Parks and Recreation Department, the local Salvation Army and the Western Carolina Regional Education Center. He was an outstanding educator, leader and person. … [Read more...]

Dr. Amy F. Pace

Dr. Amy F. Pace

Retired English teacher and Assistant Superintendent from 1979-1997, Dr. Pace championed comprehensive education that emphasized Academics and the Arts. She was a strong, quiet leader who was instrumental in educational progress. "The Arts were a particular commitment of mine." She has written for several state and national publications on curriculum and English. … [Read more...]

Glenn C. Marlow

Glenn C. Marlow

The ultimate "people person." Glenn Marlow was a supreme communicator and motivator; he got the most out of people and the school budget. Superintendent of Henderson County Schools from 1970-1990. North Carolina Superintendent of the Year in 1987. "He was a man of integrity and dignity. He did what he felt was honorable and best for the children of Henderson County. He was a stabilizing force community-wide." … [Read more...]

John Marable

John Marable

John Marable was a teacher, coach and principal at Ninth Avenue High School (1946-1959). School Board member from 1990-1996. He was a leader in two major educational transitions - desegregation and the merger of county and city schools. A big part of his life was to see what he could do for the community. He "wouldn't give up on kids." He was a "pillar of strength during integration, seeking a quality education for all youth." … [Read more...]

Grace E. Ledbetter

Grace E. Ledbetter

Grace Ledbetter began working for the schools in 1948. First finance officer for Henderson County Schools. "She wanted everything just right. Grace is very conscientious and responsible." "She was one of the most knowledgeable and caring employees. If she wrote it, you knew it was complete and accurate." “I enjoyed my work. I took pride in it." … [Read more...]

Dr. William Killian

Dr. William Killian

Dr. Killian was the founding president of Blue Ridge Community College – 1969-1987. He built BRCC into a thriving, growing concern. He mastered the community college system, funding sources, and built the employee core with team players. “Quiet integrity - genuine good will and clear vision.” … [Read more...]

Ernest Lee Justus

Ernest Lee Justus

E. L. Justus dedicated more than 60 years to Henderson County education. Principal of Flat Rock from 1932 - 1960 and East High principal from 1960-1969. Served on the school board from 1970-1986. Mr. Justus was "a class act, a gentleman, an educator." "He had the interests of children at heart. He had an aura of kindness." … [Read more...]

C. Fred Jervis

Fred Jervis

Fred Jervis was a principal and math teacher from 1931-1956. Educator for 47 years. He "raised the bar for learning. He expected the best of his students." He had a "thirst for knowledge, a true love for work, and a heartfelt awareness of the worth of the individual." "He loved every minute of teaching." … [Read more...]

Charles Byrd

Charles Byrd

Charles Byrd served as Superintendent of Hendersonville City School from 1984-1993. North Carolina Superintendent of the Year in 1992. A man of honor, ethics and moral courage. Initiated year-round education and before-school and after-school child care in elementary schools. "He made people want to work for him." "He supported staff, made sure they had the tools necessary." … [Read more...]

Mary Frazier Kellog Bell

Mary Frazier Kellog Bell

Mary Frazier Kellog Bell was the first woman to ever serve on the Henderson County School Board - 1955-1972. She looked after the interest of school children. She pioneered elementary P.E. in 1965 and outdoor education in 1974. Ms Bell influenced children with her appreciation and understanding of nature. … [Read more...]

Robert “R.G.” Anders

Robert Anders

Robert "R.G" Anders served as Superintendent from 1921-1953. A man of vision, a leader, and never a dictator. The "Superintendent on Horseback." He oversaw the consolidation of over 50 schools into six districts and ten high schools. … [Read more...]

Lloyd Cornelius “Pete” Youngblood

Lloyd Cornelius Youngblood

Henderson County School Board Chairman from 1954-1970, during the “Foster-Youngblood” administration, Pete Youngblood modernized county schools through major consolidation in 1960. School construction and additions included Edneyville and Hillandale Elementary. He lobbied groups and individuals to gain public support for consolidation of six high schools into three including East and West High Schools. Pete Youngblood worked hard for education. … [Read more...]

Miss Bessie Steedman

Miss Bessie Steedman

Principal of East Flat Rock School for more than 20 years, Bessie Steedman was fondly known as “Miss Bessie” to her students. An educator for 40 years, she made history as the first principal of Rosa Edwards School, where she served for many years. A local newspaper editorial labeled her for her “affection and devotion” and for her efficiency as an educational pioneer. … [Read more...]

Leslie Keeley “Pop” Singley

Leslie Keeley Singley

Principal of Hendersonville High during the Depression and World War II eras, Leslie Singley was both strict and kind and was described as “the man” who was law and gospel. Known affectionately as “Pop” among the students, but “Mr. Singley” to his face, he had respect from them and loved every child in school - good and bad. He secured several patents, one being the Singley Sanding Drum, a power woodworking accessory tool he invented while teaching mechanical drawing and manual training, known today as “shop.” … [Read more...]

Odell Mitchum Rouse

Odell Mitchum Rouse

A teacher in local all black schools for 39 years, Odell Rouse began her career in 1926 in the Old Sixth Avenue School and ended it when the Ninth Avenue Union School (which had replaced the Old Sixth Avenue School) closed in 1965 as integration began. She once said the Ninth Avenue School was “like one big family.” She taught generations of some families taking care of their needs - from their quest for knowledge to their heat in school and even food and clothing. … [Read more...]

Ruby Jackson Rivers

Ruby Jackson Rivers

Ruby Rivers was a teacher who taught 20 years and promoted brotherhood in the critical early phases of integration. She was a Title I teacher and teacher's aide. Serving as state representative for NCAE-ESP, the state's association for teachers and support personnel, district representative, as well as, vice president, she lobbied for improved salaries and work conditions. She was a devoted housewife and mother and set high standards for all. … [Read more...]

Tom Pryor

Tom Pryor

The most winning ladies basketball coach in North Carolina state history with 702 victories, Tom Pryor is in the NC High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Coaching his alma mater, Edneyville, to several titles from 1957 until 1993, he instilled in his players pride, self-confidence, discipline, dedication and drive. Coach Tom Pryor is a winner, leader, motivator and gentleman. … [Read more...]

Vernon Junius Johnson

Vernon Junius Johnson

Vernon Johnson was oldest brother to Leander Johnson. These close-knit siblings stayed together throughout their lives - from college to helping their mother, Sallie Leverett Johnson, run a summer retreat now known as the Historic Johnson Farm located on N.C. 191. The final and largest gift they left was deeding their 15 acre homestead to the schools of Henderson County. “Their gift was their legacy - loving, learning and a great concern for the education of children.” … [Read more...]

Leander Brownlow Johnson

Leander Brownlow Johnson

Leander Johnson, along with his brother Vernon, generously gave unique learning opportunities by donating their homestead for the Historic Johnson Farm heritage learning center. The brothers also gave land for Rugby Middle School across N.C. 191 from their home. They were country boys. “Vernon and Leander Johnson cared more for the learning opportunities by the children of Henderson County than for fame and recognition.” … [Read more...]

John Morrow Foster

John Morrow Foster

John Foster served as Superintendent of Henderson County Schools from 1953-1970, a period which marked the largest growth in facilities and student population due to the Baby Boom. His career spanned 43 years. He consolidated the county's six small high schools into one system and purchased a new administration building. He was a founding trustee of Henderson County Technical Institute now BRCC. “Mr. Foster was one of the most pleasantly persistent men, who tended to be quiet, never aggressive and always treated everyone special.” … [Read more...]