In 2015, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, Orlean Beeson School of Education established the Learning for Life Award to honor outstanding education alumni that have made a significant impact in the lives of others.

The mission of the education school is to, “enrich the community and empower its students to educate, lead, and serve.” Additionally, one of the school’s core values is that learning is a life-long commitment. Two statements that the Learning for Life Award celebrates and chosen honorees emulate.

Although their career paths may be different, recipients are all similar in the way that they have made a notable influence in their respective fields of study, in their local communities and the world. We are proud of the different ways that our education graduates impact our world for Christ.

If you know an Orlean Beeson School of Education graduate who excels in his or her career and/or makes a significant impact in the lives of others, we encourage you to nominate them for the 2022 Learning for Life Awards. Nominations will stay open for your convenience throughout the year but will close on May 15 for each current year’s event.  Nominations that come in after May 15 will be saved for the following calendar year.

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Learning for Life Honorees

2021 Learning for Life Honorees

April Harris Finkley – 2019
Jacqnaii A. Finkley – 2012, 2019
Alicia Hunsberger – 2001, 2018
Katie King – 2000, 2008, 2010, 2015
Kathleen Needham – 2014
Lori L. Sullivan – 1979, 1982
Jason Allen Waltman – 2000
Jenny Anderson Waltman – 1998

2019 Learning for Life Honorees

Mary Wyatt Crenshaw - 2000
Heather Hurt - 2013
Alice Laurendine - 1995, 2001
John Lowry - 2014
Renee Pitts - 1995, 1998
Chandra Sparks Splond - 2017
Pat Wingfield - 1966

2018 Learning for Life Honorees

Meghan Allen - 2009
Chelsea Byrd - 2011, 2017
Jennifer Carter - 1996
Lauren Dunnam - 2009, 2011
Justin Hefner - 2014, 2016, 2018
Matthew Kiser - 2016
Jennifer Jackson - 1990
Maggie Lawrence - 2010
Loretta Rowan - 1971, 1991
Jeremy Sandefur - 2007
Marla Vaughn - 2007, 2009
Jewel Littleton-Williams - 2005, 2010
Bet Wright - 1994
Sarah Young - 2001

2017 Learning for Life Honorees

Kathy Acton - 1980
Lewis Brooks - 2010
Argie Campbell - 2010
Marisa Sterling Dempsey - 1999
Sherri Foyt - 1990
Emily Freeland - 2013
Dana Mungenast - 1993
Erin Cheek Robbins - 1998
Felicia Allen Smith - 1992, 2001
Shelly Vail-Smith - 1991, 2001, 2002

2015 Learning for Life Honorees

Kelly AllingBuddy AndersonSuzan ArmstrongLinda Bachus
Mary Sue BaldwinWalter BarnesBrian Bauman
Morcease BeasleyLisa Beckham
Marissa BenjaminKaren BirkenfeldBonnie BoldingBobby Bowden
Betsy BoxKatrina BrownTyler Burgess
Daphne CarrNita Carr
Jennifer CarrollSonia CarringtonAmanda Cavin
Patrick ChappellGwen ChildsKara ChismLindy Cleveland
William ClevelandTyler CoffeyDennis Conner
Joseph ConnickJanet CumbeeRobin Duncan
Holly DymondShirley GarrettHeather Gassner
Anita GayRalph GoldHilton Green
John GreenNorma GreenRachel Gregory
Elizabeth HaganCharolette HambyJulie Hannah
John HaywoodAlvin Hines, IISarah Hines
Amy HoaglundLea Hoppe
Sherri HuffEden HutchinsJennifer JohnstonAnn Jones
Devyn KeithLyssette KennemoreEvelyn KernachanSuzanne LaceyMarkanne LarbergPhil Lazenby
Brian LindseyKelsey LoganCaroline Love
Kevin MaddoxCathlena MartinJack McGill
Carol McArthurAnn McInvaleTaylor Milburn
Josna MishraShelly MizeMaryAnn Moon
Bob NewtonJodi NewtonMarianne Pearce
Perry PhillipsLily PortlockCraig Pouncey
Ryan RainerMark RichardsonWayne Richarson
Chris RobbinsBetsy RogersJordan Sanders
Chuck SandsDavid SaundersJimmy Shaw
Patricia SimpsonChristen SloderbeckPamela Smith
Barbara SnyderMandy Jayne StanleyAnne Stone
Regina ThompsonGwendolyn Tilghman
Leah Treadwell
James WardDorothy WestbrockKaren Westbrook
Jane WeygandAnne WhirleyJohn Whirley
Trudy WhiteVic WilsonMary Wyatt
Frank Adams, Sr.John ArmstrongEulette Carter
Raymond ChristianMaralyn ChristianMartha Cox
Pearl CranfordArthur DennisDorothy Donovan
Mae FlyntWynema LowryFelix Moore
Frances StoneHazel StricklandAnnie Garner

Orlean Beeson Award

Orlean Beeson School of Education is impacted daily by the tireless efforts of our faculty, staff and friends (non-alumni) who invest in serving our students and furthering our mission. To honor these investments, the Orlean Beeson Award was created in 2019, in memory of our benefactor and namesake. Award recipients exemplify this same impact by using their God given talents to further our mission of enriching the community and empowering our students to educate, lead and serve.

2021 Orlean Beeson Award Recipients

Honorable Drayton Nabers
Liz Huntley

2019 Inaugural Orlean Beeson Award Recipients

Jeanie Box
Monique Witherspoon

Excellence in Character Education Award

The cultivation of character and “living a life for good” is woven into the fabric of Orlean Beeson School of Education because it is an extension of our mission to positively impact individuals, communities, and the world. The faculty and staff prepare students by developing in them both professional competence and strength of character. Through the Excellence in Character Education Award, Orlean Beeson School of Education honors a graduate who embodies Christ-like virtues and excels in advancing character education in families, schools, and communities.

2021 Inaugural Excellence in Character Education Recipient

Quentin J. Lee - 2009, 2017