Julia Trimble Redden

Julia Redden (1878-1951) has the earliest legacy of 2014 inductees. She is considered among the very earliest female principals in North Carolina, going back nearly a century to the ’20s. She was Valley Hill School principal officially by 1927-28, but as early...

Madeleine C. Duncan

Madeleine Duncan taught sixth grade for 30 years combined at East Flat Rock Elementary, and then Flat Rock Middle School. She taught at Balfour Elementary for six years. After the school burned on her wedding night in 1971, classes were held in trailers. At Flat Rock,...

Rick Wood

Rick Wood is still involved in education as a school board member. He coached boys’ varsity basketball for 40 years, and the last 17 years were with West Henderson until he retired in 2006. Previously, he coached at Edneyville for two years. His Falcons were...

Linda B. Flynn

Linda Flynn taught for 31 years, mostly fourth grade in Mills River Elementary School from 1986 to 2007. She was very comprehensive about a subject, such as by researching the Wright Brothers’ historic flight in person at the National Air and Space Museum in...

Sara Lee Nickell

Sara Lee Nickell is among the teachers cited by noted author Robert Morgan, a local native, as his most influential educators. She taught English and world history in Flat Rock then East Henderson high schools. She also taught drama at East. She was among...

Drew Brannon

Drew Brannon contributed to local education in various ways. He taught for 10 years at Mills River Elementary, and coached boys’ basketball and track. Previously, he taught and coached at Dana Elementary for two years. He was in Mills River High School’s last class,...