Alumni Hall of Fame

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE TEACHER HALL OF FAME:  The JSU Teacher Hall of Fame recently celebrated its 50th year. It has been our honor to recognize outstanding teachers from all areas of education during that time.

We are excited to announce that we have changed our focus and will now host the JSU School of Education Alumni Hall of Fame. Nominees must be an alumni of Jacksonville State University with at least 5+ years of experience in the field. Nominees may now come from all program areas in our School, not just education. The awards banquet will be held April 24, 2019, at the Anniston Country Club. Self nominations are accepted. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2019.


Thursday, April 26, 2018, Jacksonville State University hosted an awards banquet to honor the top fifteen nominees for the 2017-2018 JSU Teacher Hall of Fame.  Five nominees from each category of elementary, middle, and secondary grades were interviewed by our selection committee and one from each category was chosen to be inducted into the JSU Teacher Hall of Fame.  We were honored to have Dr. Dilhani Uswatte, to bring the keynote address.

President John M. Beehler, Jacksonville State University presented a $1000 stipend to each inductee for use at their discretion for classroom instructional expenses.

Mr. Ed Mason, General Secretary of the Scottish Rite Foundation of Alabama made a presentation of a certificate of recognition and also indicated a check would be mailed to each inductee.

2017-2018 JSU Teacher Hall of Fame Inductees

Elementary Division 2018 Inductee

Mrs. Geri Evans

Bluff Park Elementary School

Hoover City Schools

 Geri Evans

Middle School Division 2018 Inductee

Dr. James Wilder, III

Odenville Middle School

St. Clair County Schools

 James Wilder III

Secondary Division 2018 Inductee

Mrs. Nefertiti LeBeaux

Munford High School

Talladega County Schools

Nefertiti LeBeaux

Photo Highlights from our 2017-2018 JSU Teacher Hall of Fame Banquet:

2018 Teacher Hall of Fame Winners
   Attendees at 2018 Teacher Hall of Fame Banquet Attendees at 2018 Teacher Hall of Fame Banquet
Lisa Light
Lisa R. Light, State Chairperson, JSU Teacher Hall of Fame, and Director, Teacher Education Services
 President Beehler
President John M. Beehler, Jacksonville State University
Dilhani Uswatte    Dilhani Uswatte
Dr. Dilhani Uswatte
2018 Elementary Finalists
2018 Teacher Hall of Fame Elementary School Finalists
2018 Middle School Finalists
2018 Teacher Hall of Fame Middle School Finalists
2018 Secondary Finalists
2018 Teacher Hall of Fame Secondary School Finalists

A History of the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame

In 1969, Jacksonville State University initiated a Teacher Hall of Fame under the direction of Dr. Houston Cole, who was president at that time. This program was to honor and to recognize the classroom teachers of the public schools in the State of Alabama.

Specific criteria are used to select nominees. Nominees must be currently teaching subject matter to students at least 50% of each school day. Degrees held, length of teaching experience, and current teaching assignments are also taken into consideration. No preference is given to nominees that may have attended Jacksonville State University. They must maintain exemplary standards of behavior and ethics, exhibit leadership, be enthusiastic about teaching, demonstrate competency in subject matter, work well with colleagues and administrators, and constantly seek to encourage, inspire and motivate students toward greater accomplishment.

Each public school system in the state is urged to participate by nominating one elementary teacher, one middle-level teacher, and one secondary teacher each year to be considered for this award. Each school system determines the composition of the local selection committee, but it is suggested that members of the community be represented. The three nominations from each local school system must be sent to the state chairman no later than the established deadline.

The president of Jacksonville State University appoints the state chairperson. The current chairperson is Ms. Lisa Light of Jacksonville State University. The chairperson appoints a five-member Selection Committee that reviews all nominations and selects the top five finalists in each category. These five finalists are interviewed by the Selection Committee. The final selections are made by secret ballot voting. All finalists attend a Teacher Hall of Fame banquet at Jacksonville State University at which the winner is announced. Teachers who receive the Hall of Fame award will have a plaque in their honor placed in the lobby of the Houston Cole Library on the Jacksonville State University campus.

Elementary School Inductees of the JSU Teacher Hall of Fame

Name School Year
Ms. Jessie Freeman Tuscaloosa County 1969-70
Ms. Mary H. Barron Tallapoosa County 1970-71
Ms. Ethel McDonald Huntsville City 1971-72
Ms. Mamie Dothard Talladega County 1972-73
Ms. Eugenia Shurbert Birmingham City 1973-74
Ms. Linnell Orr Morgan County 1974-75
Ms. Vera Hitson Tuscaloosa City 1975-76
Sister Adrean McLean Cullman City 1976-77
Ms. Marie K. Freeman Cullman City 1977-78
Ms. Margie Wingard Sylacauga City 1978-79
Ms. Hazel R. Buckner Enterprise City 1979-80
Mr. Marlin Raney Cullman City 1980-81
Ms. Onita Archie Coffee County 1981-82
Ms. Mary Ann Blackmon Tuscaloosa City 1982-83
Ms. Brenda Weakley Enterprise City 1983-84
Ms. Jenny Moore Calhoun County 1984-85
Ms. Virginia B. MacRae Calhoun County 1985-86
Mr. David Shockley Etowah County 1986-87
Ms. Celina Costa Birmingham City 1987-88
Ms. Miria K. King-Garner Etowah County 1988-89
Mr. Ray Allen Landers Attalla City 1989-90
Ms. Jane Burdeshaw Montgomery County 1990-91
Ms. Leslie Black Tuscaloosa City 1991-92
Ms. Mildred S. Woods Talladega City 1992-93
Ms. Joan Smithey Dawson Jefferson County 1993-94
Ms. Lora Venita Chatmon Calhoun County 1994-95
Ms. Margaret Taylor Cherry Talladega County 1995-96
Ms. Rebecca McKay Oxford City 1996-97
Ms. Gwen J. McCorquodale Hoover City 1997-98
Ms. Rebecca Graf Shelby County 1998-99
Ms. Ramona Hall Albertville City 1999-2000
Mr. Billy Jenkins Etowah County 2000-2001
Ms. Faith Murphy Roberts Mobile County 2001-2002
Ms. Aleisha Darlene Blevins Jacksonville City 2002-2003
Ms. Wanda Meadows Pollard Albertville City 2003-2004
Ms. Linda T. Johnson Blount County 2004-2005
Ms. Celeste Weaver Cullman County 2005-2006
Ms. Ellan Deinlein Hoover City Schools 2006-2007
Ms. Beverly Rader Eufala City Schools 2007-2008
Ms. Sabrina Lynch Shelby County Schools 2008-2009
Ms. Mary White Anniston City Schools 2009-2010
Ms. Deborah Blalock Hoover City Schools 2010-2011
Ms. Katie Oliver Jasper City Schools 2011-2012
Ms. Tracey Pruitt Dothan City Schools 2012-2013
Ms. Tammy Davis Oxford City Schools 2013-2014
Ms. Jacqueline Pierce Butler County Schools 2014-2015
Mrs. Traci Ingleright Gwin Elementary Schools 2015-2016
Mrs. Jeri-Lynn Martin Alexander City Schools 2016-2017
Mrs. Geri Evans Hoover City Schools 2017-2018


Middle School Inductees of the JSU Teacher Hall of Fame

Name School Year
Ms. Sally Jane York Guntersville City 1997-98
Ms. Susan Humphries Albertville City 1998-99
Ms. Deborah Camp Hoover City Schools 1999-2000
Ms. Nancy Adams Waldrop Albertville City 2000-2001
Ms. Kimberly Anne Bain Hoover City Schools 2001-2002
Ms. Carol Lollar Hoover City 2002-2003
Mr. Gary Black Shelby County 2003-2004
Ms. Kim Yarboro Hoover City Schools 2004-2005
Ms. June S. Glenn Hoover City Schools 2005-2006
Mr. Jeffery Richardson Hoover City Schools 2006-2007
Mr. Jeff Denny Shelby County Schools 2007-2008
Ms. Dihani Uswatte, Hoover City Schools 2008-2009
Ms. Anita Isreal Hoover City Schools 2009-2010
Ms. Patricia Cook Butler County Schools 2010-2011
Ms. Kathrine Pickens Butler County Schools 2011-2012
Mr. Philip Jenkins Talladega County Schools 2012-2013
Ms. Laurie Brasher Pell City Schools 2013-2014
Ms. Johanna Morgan Talladega County Schools 2014-2015
Mrs. Marva Raby Hoover City Schools 2015-2016
Ms. Thomasena Garner Madison City Schools 2016-2017
Dr. James Wilder, III St. Clair County Schools 2017-2018


Secondary School Inductees of the JSU Teacher Hall of Fame

Name School Year
Ms. Dora Gene Hill Gadsden City 1969-70
Ms. Dody Jennings Piedmont City 1970-71
Ms. Ruth Brown Oxford City 1971-72
Ms. Martha Taylor Haleyville City 1972-73
Ms. Kathryn Reeder Enterprise City 1973-74
Ms. Myra Wilson Pike County 1974-75
Ms. Sallie B. Cook Tuscaloosa County 1975-76
Ms. Dora Perryman Sylacauga City 1976-77
Ms. Rossie Cofield Randolph County 1977-78
Mr. Edwin R. Watkins Tallassee City 1978-79
Ms. Fay Simpkins Sylacauga City 1979-80
Mr. William Merriweather, Jr. Birmingham City 1980-81
Ms. Annie Evelyn Nichols Bibb County 1981-82
Ms. Martha Gallo Daleville City 1982-83
Ms. Charlotte Holley Attalla City 1983-84
Ms. Mary B. Starke Russell County 1984-85
Mr. Joseph L. Parish Geneva City 1985-86
Ms. Suzanne P. Smith Sylacauga City 1986-87
Mr. Paul Joseph Allred Jacksonville County 1987-88
Mr. David Patterson Jackson County 1988-89
Ms. Nancy C. Horton Cullman County 1989-90
Ms. M. Jennie McConnell Montgomery City 1990-91
Ms. Laurie Bauer Tuscaloosa County 1991-92
Ms. Gennette F. Meeks Walker County 1992-93
Mr. Robert Stephen Ricks Talladega County 1993-94
Ms. Linda Rourke McAdam Talladega County 1994-95
Ms. Lue Ruth Colvin Bessemer City 1995-96
Ms. Pamela Henson Baldwin County 1996-97
Ms. Desiree V. Bishop Mobile County 1997-98
Mr. Anthony Walker Shelby County 1998-99
Ms. Pamela Inmon Jacksonville City 1999-2000
Ms. Patricia Powell-McCullers Monroe County 2000-2001
Ms. Carolyn Harris Serviss Calhoun County 2001-2002
Ms. Yvonne Reed Matthews Mobile County 2002-2003
Ms. Earnestine Calhoun Giles Tuscaloosa County 2003-2004
Ms. Deannia Smith Oxford City Schools 2004-2005
Mr. Stoney M. Beavers Blount County Schools 2005-2006
Ms. Patsy Lowrey Tuscaloosa City Schools 2006-2007
Ms. Shelia Remington Tuscaloosa City Schools 2007-2008
Ms. Kina Teaford Calhoun County Schools 2008-2009
Ms. Amber Barnes Tuscaloosa County 2009-2010
Ms. Scottie Wilson Hoover City 2010-2011
Ms. Stephanie Mathews Calhoun County Schools 2011-2012
Ms. Barbie Nelson Dothan City Schools 2012-2013
Ms. Amanda Beason Leeds City Schools 2013-2014
Dr. Pamela Harmon Hoover City Schools 2014-2015
Mr. Ruben Mitchell Anniston City Schools 2015-2016
Mrs. Dawn Howard Shelby County Schools 2016-2017
Mrs. Nefertiti LeBeaux Talladega County Schools 2017-2018