Louise WhitmireDorothy Louise Newman Whitmire has been described as a “pioneer” teacher in Henderson County by her former student and nominator Dr. Linda McKinnish Bridges. As an instructor in physical education and biology during East Henderson High School’s inaugural year, the impact that Ms. Whitmire left on the students and educators in Henderson County is clear in the sentiments of her former students and co-workers, including the student who credits Ms. Whitmire for nourishing her self-esteem in P.E. class during the often formidable high school years, and the young teacher who remembers Ms. Whitmire as a mentor who “guided and directed me while still allowing me to discover my own direction and my own mistakes, sometimes falling back on her counsel and wisdom to correct my track.”

2016 Education Hall of Fame