Stacey James McAdoo is Arkansas’ 2019 Teacher of the Year. She is a 16-year veteran of Little Rock Central High School where she teaches communications and coordinates the school’s Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID program, a national program designed to help students prepare for college, especially students who might be the first in their families to attend college. Thanks to her efforts, Central’s AVID program has won national certification. McAdoo also sponsors the spoken work youth collective –Writeous Poets—and is the co-sponsor of the drama/debate club.
In addition to her role as an educator, McAdoo is a writer and advocate of literacy. She has participated in several literacy/spoken work organizations such as the SanKofa Poets, Word Up! Poetry Troupe, and Foreign Tongues. She is an Educator to Educator Facilitator with the AEA and a sought-after arts integration presenter. She has conducted various workshops and poetry readings at numerous schools, libraries, universities, and cultural enrichment programs.
In her role as Arkansas’ Teacher of the Year, McAdoo is committed to addressing the opportunity gap that sometimes exists between students. McAdoo believes that every child has the capability and desire to learn, and she tries to treat every student like she would her own.
Her Husband, Leron McAdoo, is also a teacher at Central and her daughter Jamee is a student there. Her son, Norel, is a college freshmen.
McAdoo is the author of “Sweet Melanin Messages” and “Baring My Soul” and the co-producer of the youth-oriented poetry radio show entitled “The Writeous Hour.”