Raleigh Resident Honored by Gardner-Webb University
Ginny Moorefield Named Alumna of the Year, Joins GWU Gallery of Distinguished Alumni
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Virginia “Ginny” Moorefield of Raleigh, N.C., who has spent her career advocating for the Deaf community, was named Gardner-Webb Alumna of the year during 2016 Homecoming activities Oct. 14-15. She was also one of six inducted into the GWU Gallery of Distinguished Alumni.
Moorefield graduated from GWU in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language (ASL) and began work as a freelance interpreter, earning certification through the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf in 2005. She discovered a passion for teaching after accepting a freelance ASL teaching position at a Raleigh high school. After teaching two years, Moorefield was informed that she could no longer teach because North Carolina did not have a teaching license for ASL.
She joined members of the Deaf community and other stakeholders representing several advocacy groups to write a bill that would recognize ASL as meeting graduation requirements for high school students entering college in the North Carolina University system. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Mike Easley in June 2007. While working with these groups to pass the ASL legislation, Moorefield earned a certification from the National American Sign Language Teacher’s Association in 2009.
“The professors at Gardner-Webb taught me to be an advocate for the Deaf community,” Moorefield acknowledged. “My friends at Gardner-Webb—Haley Tycer Julian, Amanda McGuire, Chandra Woody Hensen, Kellie Cape Stevens and Latrise Collins—taught me how to be independent. We are still friends. And my parents, Janice and Troy Petrea, sacrificed a lot so I could attend Gardner-Webb.”
On Dec. 25, 2009, Moorefield, her husband and 3-year-old son were involved in a devastating car accident that left her son with a Traumatic Brain Injury. A career had to be placed on hold while the family navigated their new life of therapists, nurses, doctors, equipment, insurance, medicines, and a new baby. They weathered the storm, and she considers her greatest passions and accomplishments to be her 14-year marriage to Wayne Moorefield and two children, John and Adam.
Moorefield went back to teaching in 2012 at East Wake Academy in Zebulon, N.C. She has presented seminars through the North Carolina American Sign Language Teacher’s Association and is also working with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to create workshops for ASL teachers.
Since 1957, Gardner-Webb has recognized and honored 457 alumni and friends who have made significant contributions in their fields of service and in the communities in which they serve. The University established the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni in 1988.
Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).