The Cato College of Education is pleased to announce the recognition of six educators at the UNC Charlotte Cato Teaching Discovery Mural.
The 2017 honorees are Dr. Melba Spooner, Dr. Misty Hathcock, Dr. Jim Lyons, Dr. Ron Madsen, Coach Bob Pharr and Ms. Carrilee Long. Charlottean Dennis Bunker provided a donation to recognize Madsen, Pharr and Long in honor of their influence in his life. The Department of Educational Leadership also recognized Dr. Lyons wealth of contributions to the college through the dedication of bench situated in the plaza next to the mural.
The Cato Teaching Discovery Mural stands in honor of educators, administrators and school leaders of all stripes, and of the teaching profession in general. Through generous gifts, donors enshrine the names of important educators in their lives on a permanent list etched on the mural, recognizing the timeless and transformational power of teachers. The mural also provides a unique and lasting teaching tool for teachers and others through design elements related to North Carolina facts and history.
Dr. Melba Spooner - during her tenure at UNC Charlotte Dr. Spooner served in various roles including Assistant Dean; Chair of the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education; and Senior Associate Dean.Spooner left UNC Charlotte last summer to take the next step in her career, assuming the role of Dean of the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University.
Dr. Ron Madsen joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1977, and taught business and economics classes until his retirement in 2014. Dr. Madsen was in fact one of several young economists who came to UNC Charlotte to help establish the school’s now highly respected economics department.
The Cato Discovery Mural is a work of art that honors the teaching profession, specific teachers who have had a great impact, and will inspire future generations of educators who will walk by the mural every day. John Cato, a 1973 graduate of UNC Charlotte, and the Cato Corporation, provided funding for the creation of the mural. Mara Smith, an internationally renowned artist, sculpted the mural, which was dedicated formally in April 2013.