E&H Educators Are Helping to Shape Virginia’s Education System

Posted by Monica Hoel
Emory & Henry has a long and impressive tradition of preparing grads to be outstanding educators, and these two stories further prove the impact of E&H teachers.

People like to ask what Emory & Henry graduates do for a living, and the answers run the gamut from artist to entrepreneur to engineer to government official. But one of the answers given very often is educator. Since its founding, the college has been known as a school that produces top-notch teachers and school administrators who graduate with strong preparation for a career in education.

Further proof that E&H grads are particularly well-qualified education professionals comes from simply looking at some of the numbers.

Take for example the teachers at E.B. Stanley Middle School in Abingdon. A school with around 48 teachers on staff has no fewer than 12 teachers and aides who are E&H grads (Amy Puckett 1999, Alyson Newton 1990, Lyndsay Boyd ’20, Andrew Francisco ’18, Brittany Lawson ’18, Kristin Robbins Halsey ’19, Stephanie Stiltner ’19, Elise Bartz Carrigan ’19, Holley Tilson ’20, Samantha Ford ’20, Blaine Crouse (aide) ’19, Brett Surber, ’19). This is only one school, of course, and no doubt many of you have similar stories about your schools.

Perhaps even more telling is the number of current school superintendents in Virginia who are Emory & Henry grads. With only 133 school districts in the Commonwealth, there are currently six being served by E&H alumni: Dennis Carter, ’95 - Smyth County; Pete Gretz, ’90 - Middlesex County; Jeff Cassell, ’86 – Waynesboro; Jonathan Russ, ’91 - Botetourt County; Dean Gilbert, ’89 - Patrick County; Rob Graham, ’92 - Radford City. That’s roughly 5% of all superintendents in Virginia. Pretty impressive for a small college.

E&H grads have served nobly as educators since the very first grads completed their degrees in the 1800s; and even as the education landscape continues to change and offer new challenges, our alumni continue to uphold that tradition with honor and aplomb.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1696-dr-miriam-macfarlan-herin-is-shy-no-more"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/9592_miriam.rev.1616516796.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/9592_miriam.rev.1616516796.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/9592_miriam.rev.1616516796.jpg" alt="Dr. Miriam Macfarlan Herin, Emory & Henry Class of 1963" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="600" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1696-dr-miriam-macfarlan-herin-is-shy-no-more">Dr. Miriam Macfarlan Herin is Shy No More</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://miriamherin.com/meet-miriam-herin/">Dr. Miriam Macfarlan Herin</a></strong></span> gained more than a degree at Emory & Henry; and her life lessons paired magically with her education to make her a celebrated author. <a href="/live/news/1696-dr-miriam-macfarlan-herin-is-shy-no-more" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1487-patsi-trollinger-is-collecting-voices-beyond-the"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1,0,252,251/8961_patsi_Tollinger.rev.1604948279.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1,0,252,251/8961_patsi_Tollinger.rev.1604948279.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1,0,252,251/8961_patsi_Tollinger.rev.1604948279.jpg" alt="Patsi Barnes Trollinger, E&H Class of 1972" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="251" data-max-h="251" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1487-patsi-trollinger-is-collecting-voices-beyond-the">Patsi Trollinger is Collecting “Voices Beyond the Virus.”</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Patsi Barnes Trollinger (E&H ’72) has never been inhibited about asking questions, and right now she’s asking some really interesting questions. <a href="/live/news/1487-patsi-trollinger-is-collecting-voices-beyond-the" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>