MARTIN — When Carol Stumbo passed away on Tuesday, Floyd County lost one of its most revered educators.
Stumbo’s career includes years teaching at Wheelwright High School and Alice Lloyd College, serving with the Floyd County Board of Education, and acting as President for the Floyd County chapter of the Kentucky Education Association.
Stumbo’s top priority was always the student, according to Delores Woody, who taught with Stumbo at Wheelwright.
“She was an absolutely masterful educator,” Woody said. “She was full of all kinds of ideas. She did it quietly, but masterfully.”
Woody recalled the invention and publication of “Mantrip,” a literary journal Stumbo worked to create, providing students a place to learn English and history, practice free self-expression, work on interview and personal skills, and develop a better appreciation for their heritage.
In an article published by the Harvard Educational Review, Stumbo lamented that as members of a minority, Appalachian students must often give up their culture to fit in and find success with the mainstream, particularly with language. “Mantrip,” named after the shuttles that carry miners underground, was among those visionary concepts that helped demonstrate the value of Appalachian identity to rural students.
Ms. Stumbo’s other accomplishments include:
• Bachelor’s degree in English from Berea College
• Master’s degree from Morehead State University
• Attended the Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vt.
• Studied a summer at Oxford University in England
• Taught at the high school and college levels for over 30 years
• First in Kentucky to receive the Christa McAuliffe Educator Award (Nationwide award)
• Honored in Washington D.C. by the NFIE
• Been published in Harvard Education review
• Recipient of the Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award
• Served as a member of both the Kentucky Education Association & the National Education Association.
• Received Floyd Countian of the Year Award
• Director of Region 8 Service Center for the State Department of Education
• President of the Floyd County Education Association
• Member of the Floyd County Board of Education
• Involved in Wheelwright High School becoming a model school for The Writing Across the Curriculum Program
• Creator & publisher of Mantrip, a journal of Floyd County literature & history
• Member of the Eastern Kentucky Teachers Network
• Served on the Governor’s School Performance Council
• Started the Summer Theater Program when she taught at Alice Lloyd College in the 1970s
• Shared the vision of building the Challenger Center in Hazard
• She was instrumental in the building of the Eastern Kentucky Science Center in Prestonsburg
• She facilitated & brought dozens of professional development workshops to Eastern Kentucky