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Kenneth Stamatis (AR '96)

Assistant Professor

Harding University
Searcy, AR

At the time of the Award, Kenneth Stamatis was:

Teacher/Reading Specialist
Beebe Junior High
Beebe, AR


Biographical Information

Kenneth Stamatis is assistant professor of elementary education at Harding University in Searcy, where he teaches reading skills to future educators. Previously, Stamatis taught fifth-grade reading at Beebe Intermediate School in Beebe. "It is a thrill to see children enjoying and growing with their engagement with books," said Stamatis. Striving to instill student confidence in their reading abilities, Stamatis created P.A.L., a project in which his young students corresponded with college students enrolled in classes on children's literature. He also created "Reader Exchange," a countywide program that facilitated visits between students from different schools to compare recent readings. The book talks presented by the visiting students invariably served to increase a given book's popularity. Stamatis also paired his students with parents, community members and "at-risk" high school students for one-on-one reading sessions.



Additional Information

Degrees/Certifications

1980 Harding University, B.A.


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