Members of the University of Pikeville Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame Class of 2019 include, from left to right: Marcie Hanson, Mary McCloud, Tonya Mullins, Sandra Clevinger, Freddie Bowling, Annette Rouse, Gregory Allen, Glenda Adkins, Danny Sturgill, Ruth Bevins and Thomas Randal Chaffin.

The University of Pikeville recently inducted several educators into its Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame, including a Floyd County teacher. 

This year’s inductees included Glenda Adkins of Pikeville, Gregory K. Allen of Jamestown, Ruth Gwendolyn Bevins of Bevins, Freddie Bowling of Pikeville, Lillie D. Chaffin (posthumously), Sandra P. Clevinger of Elkhorn City, Marcie Ward Hanson of Tomahawk, Mary McCloud of Stanville, Tonya Mullins of Wittensville, Annette Mullins Rouse of Hagerhill, Alan Siegel of Denver and Danny Sturgill of Virgie.

Glenda Adkins

Adkins, a 1989 graduate of Pikeville College, earned her master’s degree from Morehead State University and is certified as a reading recovery teacher by Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative. She is in her 30th year of teaching. She serves on the Pikeville Independent Alumni Board and is a member of First Baptist Church. Her parents Chester (deceased) and Sylvia Bailey are both Pikeville College alumni and her father was a 2010 Distinguished Educator. Adkins and her husband, retired Pikeville City Police Chief Jimmy Adkins, have three children: James, Tabitha and Madeline and four grandchildren, Harrison, Hayes, Bailey and Andie. 

Gregory K. Allen 

Allen, a 1987 graduate of Pikeville College, earned his master’s degree at the University of Kentucky and his Rank I certification from Western Kentucky University. In addition to teaching, he also served as an assistant principal, youth pastor, dual-credit professor and biology teacher. He is currently teaching in Russell County and has received numerous awards. His wife Dawn T. Allen, DMD, is also a Pikeville College alum. They have two children: Colby T. Allen and Madison T. Allen.

Ruth Gwendolyn Bevins 

Bevins, a 1975 Pikeville College graduate, earned her master’s degree and Rank I from MSU. She retired as the director of special education from Pikeville Independent Schools, where she also served as the director of the gifted and talented program. Bevins has served in numerous local and state roles, including as an adjunct professor for MSU, parent educator for Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, guidance counselor for the Upward Bound Program at UPike, teacher at the Late Mary Calvert School for the Handicapped and teacher and co-director for special education with the Pike County Board of Education, Pike County Retired Teachers Association, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and a past member of the Governor’s State Advisory Panel for Special Education. Bevins, a Kentucky Colonel, is past president for the Pike County Association for Handicapped Citizens and has served with Special Olympics and in roles at the Feds Creek Church of Christ. She and her husband George M. Bevins Jr. have two children: Kimberly Read and Earl Ray Casey and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Freddie Bowling 

Bowling, a 1994 UPike graduate, received his master’s degree, Rank 1 in elementary education and his school superintendent certification from MSU. As the current assistant superintendent for the Pike County Schools District, he is certified in elementary education, special education, school administration and as a superintendent. He also has experience as a special education teacher and principal. Bowling is a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents and is a Kentucky Colonel. He and his wife Melissa have two sons: Connor and Mason.

Lillie D. Chaffin 

Chaffin was active in the public-school system for 28 years. She was also a librarian, gave lectures and writing workshops at Pikeville College and other institutions. She was the poetry editor for the Pikeville College Literary Magazine and co-editor and co-founder of “Reaching,” a poetry publication in Lexington. She published books and her work was featured in more than 300 magazines, newspapers, textbooks and anthologies. She received a Doctor of Letters degree from both Pikeville College and Eastern Kentucky University. She was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and earned other awards. Chaffin (deceased) and her husband Thomas Wilburn Chaffin (deceased) were preceded in death by two children: Ronald Chaffin (1942-1945) and Rheta Ynelle Chaffin (1943-1945). They are survived by their son Thomas Randal Chaffin and grandchildren.

Sandra P. Clevinger 

Clevinger, a 1973 graduate of Pikeville College, earned her master’s from MSU. Devoting 30 years as a teacher at Elkhorn City Elementary, she participated in the Parent-Teacher Association, taught second and third grade and implemented a program that provided supplemental learning to students. After her retirement, she volunteered in the library. She teaches Sunday school and Discovery Club at the First Church of God. She is married to her husband Benny Clevinger, and together they have two daughters: Deann Skeens and Lisha Owens, and two sons-in-laws, David Skeens and David Owens.

Marcie Ward 


Hanson received her degrees from MSU and taught for 26 years in Martin County, where she also served as the men’s golf coach, yearbook advisor, newspaper editor, Jobs for America’s Graduates Kentucky state data and mentor manager and coordinated both prom and homecoming. She is part of several organizations and has been honored with many awards. Hanson’s parents Palma Ward and Donald Ward (deceased), were both educators. She and her husband Andrew have been married for 21 years and have two children: Korey Chase and Carson Drew.

Mary McCloud 

McCloud, a 1992 Pikeville College graduate, received her master’s and Rank I as an education specialist at MSU. She worked as a teacher and literacy consultant. Skilled in educator mentoring, she also provided support for school administrators and teachers in best practices and research-based strategies to improve literacy instruction. In addition to serving students and fellow teachers in the school system, she served with the KVEC as an achievement gap consultant with an emphasis in literacy. She is a volunteer with the Prater Creek Food Pantry and attends Zebulon Grace Church. She and her husband Albert have two children: Kelly McCloud and Shannon Lawson and a son-in-law, Mickey Lawson.

Tonya G. Mullins 

Mullins, a graduate of MSU and Union College, taught for many years and worked as an independent writing consultant and open response and assessment coach. She also served with the Kentucky Department of Education/West Ed Agency on several committees and coached cheer, drama, academic teams and community problem solving teams.

Annette Mullins Rouse 

Rouse, a 1993 Pikeville College graduate, served in education for 20 years with Central Elementary School and was the founding member of the school’s Annual Poetry Festival. She has been recognized both locally and nationally and is a Kentucky Colonel. She was also a member of the Kentucky Teacher Advisory Committee, is a member of the Pleasant Home Southern Baptist Church and participates in the Homeless Shelter Outreach Program in Eastern Kentucky. Rouse and her husband Thomas have a son, Thomas Bennett Rouse II, a daughter, Donna Rouse-McCormick, and two grandsons: Thomas Bodie Rouse and Joseph Thomas McCormick.

Alan Siegel 

Siegel, a graduate of MSU, taught music education for 37 years, serving both as a band director and music teacher. He was also a bus driver for more than 11 years and served as academic coach at Johnson County Middle School for 10 years. He is currently retired but is a lifetime member of the National Education Association and is also a member of the Kentucky Education Association. He has volunteered with Salvation Army unit and the Johnson County Animal Shelter. Siegel and his wife Sally have two sons: Shad and Jon.

Danny Sturgill 

Sturgill, an Alice Lloyd College graduate who also studied at Pikeville College, taught for 24 years.  He was recognized as an Outstanding Chemistry Teacher by the UPike, Educator of the

Year by Teen Inc., received The Bettinger Chemistry Award, the George Alden Award from

Academic Excellence as well as numerous Governor’s Scholars Outstanding Educator Awards.

Sturgill and his wife Lorene have three children: Brett Sturgill, Annetta Sturgill Robinson, Cody

Sturgill and a stepdaughter, Anna Bevins.

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