Inspirational Educators

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Wishing to recognize the significant impact so many educators have made in the lives of students, the UNC Greensboro School of Education launched a new initiative in 2018 honoring Inspirational Educators. All monies raised through the nomination of Inspirational Educators will fund new 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 our students and helps us provide them with the best preparation possible.

Celebrating Impact & Inspiration

Launched in 2018, Inspirational Educators recognizes educators who have made a transformative impact on students’ lives. The UNC Greensboro School of Education values the difference educators make in engaging communities and promoting life-changing opportunities through education while remaining steadfast in the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The goals for the Inspirational Educators program are simple: elevate the profession of education, create an opportunity to honor people who have made a difference in the lives of others, and raise much needed funds for our future educators. A permanent recognition, the Inspirational Educators Wall, is displayed in the School of Education Building.

How it Works

A gift of at least $1,000 ensures a permanent place on the Inspirational Educators Wall for the honoree.

  • An Inspirational Educator may be nominated by a single individual or by groups of individuals, such as family, friends, colleagues, classroom parents, or alumni who share the cost of the nomination. Click here for instructions on group nominations.
  • An Inspirational Educator may be honored more than once.
  • Your $1,000 gift may be paid in installments over a 12-month period.
  • All gifts in support of Inspirational Educators are tax-deductible.

All nominees will be reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff, and Advisory Board members from the UNC Greensboro School of Education. Once accepted as an Inspirational Educator, we will notify your honoree and their family. We will include the name of the nominator(s) in this information at their discretion.

Honor a Legacy

The person you nominate can be a star in their field or have had a significant impact on you or your family. This is a chance to publicly recognize someone who has made a difference in your growth personally and professionally. Individuals may be honored as Inspirational Educators posthumously. Your nominee could be one of the following:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Administrators
  • Librarians
  • Coaches
  • Community Leaders
  • Mentors
  • Professors
  • Other education professionals

You do not have to be a UNC Greensboro alumna/us or otherwise affiliated with the UNC Greensboro School of Education to nominate or be nominated. However, if the honoree holds a degree from UNC Greensboro, they will be identified with the UNC Greensboro seal on their nameplate.

The Impact of Inspiration

Over time, the UNC Greensboro School of Education will honor 1,000 Inspirational Educators, creating an Inspirational Educators Endowment of over $1,000,000. Each year, annual interest from this endowment will fund scholarships and awards recognizing outstanding School of Education students. Awards from the Inspirational Educators Endowment may be given to any student, undergraduate or graduate, in the School of Education. Recipients will be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean.

This prestigious awards program will highlight promising young educators. When you nominate an Inspirational Educator, your gift honors a legacy and inspires our students.


UNC Greensboro’s School of Education (SOE) is proud to recognize the following individuals for their extensive contributions to the field of education.

Inspirational Educators recognizes and highlights the service of those educators to whom SOE alumni and friends are most grateful. This permanent recognition is displayed prominently in the School of Education Building.

See photos from our previous events.

Inspirational Educators

Courtney Dabney,
Senior Director of Development,
School of Education
Phone: 336.256.0496

School of Education Building
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402