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Dr. Deborah Hunley-Stukes (VA '99)


At the time of the Award, Dr. Deborah Hunley-Stukes was:

Hugo A. Owens Middle School
Chesapeake, VA

Grade(s): 6, 7, 8

Biographical Information

Deborah Hunley-Stukes is the division’s first Director of Middle Schools for Curriculum and Instruction for Chesapeake Public Schools. Previously, she served as the planning principal and principal of Hugo A. Owens Middle School in Chesapeake and the Program Administrator for Adult and Continuing Education Department. Dr. Hunley-Stukes first joined the Chesapeake School family 36 years ago as the division's first Education for Employment teacher-coordinator. She then moved to the Center for Science and Technology as the division's first work experience coordinator. After serving as assistant principal for three-and-a- half years, Hunley-Stukes joined the district's central office administration as staff assistant to the assistant superintendent for personnel, followed by an appointment as the elementary school principal at Sparrow Road Intermediate School. Active in her community, Dr. Hunley-Stukes served as the host of a local cable TV show called "Growing Up in Chesapeake" for more than 10 years. She also served on the Adult Education and Literacy State Advisory Committee to the State Board of Education and an officer of the Chesapeake Branch of the NAACP for more than eight years. Dr. Hunley-Stukes is a member of the TOP Ladies of Distinction, Hampton Roads Chapter, and was Chesapeake Virginia’s Woman of the Year 2011, Hampton Road’s Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys volunteering annually to feed the homeless through the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST). Dr. Hunley-Stukes currently serves as an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University.