The Johnston County school system has named its latest Living Legends. The annual honor goes to retirees who made their mark on the schools.
Freddie Hinnant Creech was a classroom teacher, then guidance counselor, retiring after 36 years.
“An effective teacher possesses knowledge of the subject being taught and uses this knowledge to demonstrate and inspire students with different learning abilities to work to their potential. An effective teacher will show care and respect for the children,” Creech said. “She will understand the developmental stages students go through and will be prepared with lesson plans that will present the necessary skills to be learned and mastered at the student’s grade level.”
Creech is a graduate of Pine Level High School and East Carolina University.
Donnie R. Parker, who taught biology for 42 years, said his aim was to prepare students to succeed in the workplace.
“My greatest reward and feeling of success was to have one of my former biology students fill my position at North Johnston High School as biology teacher when I retired,” Parker said. “The legacy of good teachers will continue by those teachers who do everything within their power to mold the nation’s future.”
Parker is a graduate of Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College.
Gerald Creech Toler was a teacher and principal, retiring after 35 years. He taught science at Clayton High School and was principal of Clayton Elementary, Cooper Junior High and Clayton Middle.
As a teacher, Toler said, he always remembered what it was like to be a student; as a principal, he remembered what it was like to be a teacher.
Toler is a graduate of East Carolina University.
Vivian Hill Williams taught in elementary school for 36 years.
She offered this advice to teachers: “Be sure that you want to be a teacher, which includes true love for each child. Learn each child’s capabilities for learning and do all that you can to help each child make as much progress as possible by using a variety of teaching methods. Develop a positive relationship with parents. You need their support. Above all, love your work and your students. They will work harder and achieve more if they know that you care about them.”
Williams is a graduate of Elizabeth City College, now Elizabeth City University.