The Henderson County Education Foundation has named five recipients to the 2019 Education Hall of Fame.
Each year, individuals who have demonstrated measurable influence or made significant contributions to the grown and development of education in Henderson County are honored with the hall of fame award.
Since 2003, 128 individuals have been honored with induction into HCEF Education Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees include:
Donald C. Jones, a graduate of Wofford College and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a master’s and Ed. Doctorate, spent 20 years in education and 20 years as a national motivational speaker and executive coach and served seven years at Kanuga as camp director. He served on the Henderson County Education Foundation board for six years before he became the executive director in 2006 and served until his retirement in 2014.
According to a news release, Jones was a visionary and substantially grew the fundraising efforts of the Education Foundation and increased the services to students and teachers. Jones received the Chamber’s prestigious education champion award in 2011.
Lemuel Carl Jones began his career at The Ninth Avenue School in 1962 teaching physical education. He then moved to the Central Office of Hendersonville City Schools and played a key role as an ambassador for African-American students during the integration of schools. Jones went on to teach physical education and health at Hendersonville Junior High and then Hendersonville High until his retirement in 1991. Known by his athletes as Coach Jones, he coached football and basketball for many years and made an impact on countless young men.
Jan Erickson Stanley spent the entirety of her 35-year career at West Henderson High as the physical education and health teacher and served as the assistant athletic director for the final five years of her tenure before her retirement in 2010.
Beyond the classroom, Stanley was known for her exemplary coaching career – in both women’s basketball and volleyball. She was a trailblazer and began the women’s volleyball program in 1975 at West Henderson during the Title IX era. Stanley has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career including the first recipient of the Kiwanis Lifetime Achievement Award and N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Virginia Dale Thompson, a native of Henderson County, began her teaching career in Greenville, South Carolina and came back to Henderson County as a teacher at Balfour Elementary for two years before her role as the unitwide county counselor. In 1968, Thompson started her 26-year tenure at Hillandale Elementary, where she taught second grade. One year later, she became one of the first female principals in the district, serving Hillandale as its principal until 1993. She spent one year in the Central Office before her retirement in 1994. Thompson received many awards during her career for her service to Henderson County.
The inductees will be honored at the 17th annual Education Celebration, presented by AdventHealth Hendersonville, on April 30 at Jeter Mountain Farm. In addition to celebrating the 2019 inductees, Henderson County’s Principal of the Year, Luke Manuel of Hendersonville Middle, and teachers of the year will be honored at the event.
A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and program to follow at 6 p.m.
Education Celebration tickets can be purchased online at hcefnc.org/events/educationcelebration or by calling the foundation at 828-697-5551. For sponsorship opportunities or for more information about the celebration, contact Summer Stipe at firstname.lastname@example.org.