Welcome to the Stack Stories LLC Professional Development page! Claudia Stack, Richard T. Newkirk and Betty B. Thompson have combined their experience and research into a unique professional development program called “Lessons from the Rosenwald Schools: African American Education Heritage for Today.” This program will help your teachers or staff understand African American education heritage, as well as teaching methods from historic schools that are backed by current research and relevant today. We customize each program at your request, but typically we include a film showing and local history in the presentation. Recent presentations include UNC Wilmington and Transylvania County Schools (NC). Please call (910) 264-4469 to discuss the needs of your school or organization, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudia Stack and Dr. Richard T. Newkirk presenting “Lessons from the Rosenwald Schools: Appreciating African American School History & Pedagogy” at the 2017 UNC Wilmington PDS Conference
Ms. Stack is an educator with 25 years of experience teaching a wide range of subjects from Kindergarten through graduate level courses. In 1992 she earned a Master’s degree in Science Education (Harvard Graduate School of Education), and she holds certifications in Math, Science and Special Education. Currently, Stack teaches Special Education K-5 and she is a documentary filmmaker with a deep commitment to promoting teacher effectiveness through improved cultural understanding. Stack directed and wrote two films focused on African American education heritage. These films, UNDER THE KUDZU (click title to view film trailer) and CARRIE MAE: AN AMERICAN LIFE (click title to view film trailer), have been screened at National Trust for Historic Preservation conferences and many other venues. In 2009 Stack was the organizer of the inaugural Rosenwald School Legacy conference at UNC Wilmington. She continues to be involved in the conference, which is held every other year. Stack works with Dr. Newkirk and Ms. Thompson to create a professional development presentation tailored to each audience. They have made presentations at the university, high school, and community level. The sessions are designed to enhance teacher effectiveness as they face the challenges of teaching diverse groups of students. Please contact her to discuss the unique needs of your school or organization. Call (910) 264-4469 or click on: Contact Page
Dr. Richard T. Newkirk
Dr. Newkirk’s experiences include 40+ years in education with a focus on academic and co-curricular work to prepare diverse ethnic and socioeconomic populations for the work force, the military, undergraduate school and ultimately a career and/or profession in the present day world. Attendance from grades 1-5 at a Rosenwald School, along with his undergraduate training at an HBCU (North Carolina A&T State University), provided a solid foundation for Dr. Newkirk’s success in graduate school and as an educator in Illinois, Maryland, California and North Carolina.
Betty B. Thompson
Ms. Thompson is also a Rosenwald school alumna and a graduate of an HBCU (Winston Salem State University). She moved from North Carolina to New Jersey in 1966, where she worked for 35 years as an elementary school teacher, supervisor, and administrator.In 1979 she was recognized by the state of New Jersey as Teacher of the Year. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Student Personnel and one in Administration/Supervision. Ms. Thompson designed literacy and math programs that were models for her district. She has extensive experience in coaching teachers.