Wishing to recognize the significant impact that so many educators have made in the lives of students, the UNC Greensboro School of Education honored its first class of Inspirational Educators on Sunday, April 14.

The UNCG School of Education initiated the Inspirational Educators program in 2019. The School of Education is honored to have the opportunity to celebrate the many contributions these individuals have made through their distinguished service, leadership, and care of others. Nominations are secured with a $1,000 gift to the School of Education, which funds Student Excellence Awards for UNC Greensboro School of Education students. When you nominate an Inspirational Educator, your gift not only honors a legacy, but inspires students and helps UNCG provide them with the best preparation possible.

This year, UNCG inducted 48 Inspirational Educators as part of its inaugural ceremony. These individuals were nominated by their colleagues, family, friends, and former students honoring their service, their impact on this world, and most importantly, how they have inspired their own love of education.

The School of Education celebrated these educators’ accomplishments during the inaugural ceremony at the UNCG Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, and also on a permanent display in the School of Education Building. Immediately following the ceremony, the new wall — with nameplates of all 48 inaugural inductees — was unveiled during a reception on the first floor of the School of Education Building. Nominees don’t have to be affiliated with UNCG, and neither do the nominators — but UNCG alumni have a university seal on their nameplate.

“We’re trying to elevate the profession of education,” said Randy Penfield, Dean of the School of Education at UNCG. “We want to honor people who have made a difference in other people’s lives, and we’re raising needed funds for people who want to go into the education profession.”

Click here to learn more about the Inspirational Educators initiative.

Inspirational Educators 2019 group shot


Margaret Bourdeaux Arbuckle*
Cheryl Armstrong
Mark R. Armstrong*
Judy Arnette*
Marie Crist Blackwood
L. DiAnne Borders*
Theresa Ward Brown*
Dennis M. Campbell
Thomas P. Carpenter
Craig S. Cashwell*
Maude Talley Caudle*
Jewell E. Cooper*
Janie Copple*
Katherine Bland Davis*
Carol J. Doniere
June P. Galloway*
Deborah Davis Gough*
Philip Ware Homiller
Jennifer Smith Hooks*
Sandra Anita Howard*
Paul S. Huber, III
Hilda Davis Jennings*
Celia Gomedela Jolley*
Deborah E. Jones*
Frances Faircloth Jones*
Jeane Murdoch Joyner
Sam George Kasias*
Mary Joe Lentz*
Barbara Barry Levin
Jennifer Robinson Mangrum*
Sam Miller
Patricia M. Morris
Jo Ann Payne Norris*
Donna Cox Peters*
Carrie Davis Ponder*
Jean Griffith Ritchie*
Lee R. Roane
Lee Robinson
Orvin Lee Shiflett
Paula Myrick Short*
Claudia Flick Siegal*
Lawrence J. Sorohan
Barbara LaSota Stewart*
Nancy Teague*
A. Edward Uprichard
Nicholas A. Vacc
Judie Davie Wright
Kieth C. Wright

* UNCG Alumna/us