UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences recently inducted six educators into the Educators Hall of Honor, Class of 2019.
The Educators Hall of Honor was established to recognize educators who have made profound differences in their students’ lives and the community. The program also generates an endowed scholarship fund to assist students who are in the process of becoming teachers.
The Class of 2019 includes:
Peggy Bertrand, a former research chemist, software entrepreneur, and high school teacher, spent her last five years before retirement as a master teacher in the VolsTeach program. This accelerated program for future math and science educators grooms students through field experiences, lesson planning and delivery, and apprentice teaching.
Tamika Catchings, whose career includes multiple player of the year awards, four Olympic gold medals, a national basketball championship at the University of Tennessee, multiple WNBA awards, distinguished awards from the National Civil Rights Museum, and the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Girls Through Sports just to name a few. She is a speaker, community leader, athlete and the founder of Catch the Stars Foundation for Youth.
Craig Layman, associate director of Workforce Development for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, has been instrumental in the development of STEM education programs. Through this program, he has helped provide more than thirty-five thousand students and recent graduates access to research experiences, internships and fellowships.
Rosalind Sligh Martin, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is the Director of Education for the Knoxville Museum of Art where she oversees all Visitors Services, Volunteer Services, K-12 Outreach, Teacher services, tour scheduling, and Community Outreach.
Norma Mertz, department head of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a professor of Higher Education teaches courses regarding values and ethics in educational leadership and research design. She advises students in higher education leadership and administration, directs doctoral dissertations, chairs graduate committees, and has contributed to over twenty books about leadership and policy. Norma will retire from her position in June, 2019 after an esteemed career of over 45 years.
Clifton Woods, professor emeritus, Department of Chemistry and associate vice chancellor, has held many roles at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Associate, full professor and associate dean for Research and Resource Development in the College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and later as Vice Provost just to name a few.
Stephanie Daniels is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling and expects to graduate in August of 2020 with her PhD in School Psychology. She is the 2019 Hall of Honor scholar.
The Educators Hall of Honor was founded in 2002 by C. Glennon Rowell, the late dean of the former College of Education, as a way to recognize deserving educators and assist future teachers.
Bob Kesling, direct of broadcasting for UT athletics and the play-by-play voice of football and basketball games, emceed the event, which was held April 11th at the Holiday Inn-World’s Fair Park.