Dr. Kima Stewart was recently among the honorees at a banquet for the Arkansas State University Convocation of Scholars by the Department Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Special Education.
Dr. Stewart holds three degrees from Arkansas State University. She received a Bachelors degree in 1985; a Masters Degree in 1989 and a Doctors Degree in 2004.
She has been with Buffalo Island Central School District since 1985. She spent seven years in the classroom before becoming West Elementary Principal. She also serves as Director of Elementary Education for the BIC District.
"The years have gone by quickly," Dr. Stewart said. "Time flies when you are having fun. When I started here my own first and second grade teachers were on staff. When I became their principal it seemed odd to me. They were fine with it and even made the remark it was good to have one of their students become principal."
She also serves as an academic assistant for the Masters Degree program at ASU.
This is her first year. It is a five week rigorous course. It is all online and she has students from eight states and one overseas.
"It is serving to help me keep current with the common core standards and educational reform," she said. "We are getting ready to see a lot of changes in the next few years and this is keeping me up."