Julia Trimble Redden


Julia Trimble 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 as 1923-24. She was at Valley Hill for 43 years, where she started Read More

Madeleine C. Duncan

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Madeleine C. 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, she mostly taught language arts. Students read the novel Read More

Rick Wood

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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 undefeated before falling in the 1992 state title game. The 1994-95 Read More

Linda B. Flynn

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Linda B. Flynn taught for 31 years, mostly fourth grade in Mills River Elementary School in 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 Washington. She personalized history, getting a B-17 crew of World War Read More

Sara Lee Nickell

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Sara Lee Nickell is among 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 longest-serving teachers at East Henderson, for 31 years from its opening in 1960 Read More