Benson Man Receives Martin & Pelt Excellence In Teaching Award At UMO

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Alumni Association recently presented Barry Staton Toole, from the Class of 1983, with the Lorrelle F. Martin and Michael R. Pelt Excellence in Teaching Award. The award was given during the Alumni Awards Ceremony held in Rodgers Chapel. The event was part of the University’s Annual Homecoming celebration. Lee resides in Benson, NC.

While attending UMO, Lorrelle Martin was Toole’s biology teacher. The two shared a special bond. As a result, Toole has utilized some of Martin’s teaching techniques with his own students. Traits like helping others see the value of education and learning new things.

Toole taught in the Johnston County School system at Cleveland Middle School for thirty four years.

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  1. Mr. Toole was my favorite teacher at the OLD Cleveland school. He was also my Volleyball & Softball coach back in my days! Was always a joy to be in his classroom. I still ask about him often when I see other teachers from Cleveland that are there now. You do not find teachers like him anymore!!! Congrats Mr. Toole, from one of the Barefoot Girls!!

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