When he decided to launch a second career as an educator, youth basketball coach Andre Stout came to TCC. He earned his Associates Degree at the college in 1998, his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Washington Tacoma in 2002 and his Master’s in Education at the University of Washington Tacoma in 2009. He is currently the principal at Pioneer Middle School in Steilacoom, Washington.
Now, Stout has been named TCC’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus. A committed educator, Stout taught for years before coming a school administrator. He also served as a basketball coach, and successfully integrated the value of education with his coaching.
As a basketball coach, he required his team to spend the first hour of practice reading to their coaches and each other, a practice that significantly increased the athletes’ reading levels.
“He kept emphasizing that basketball is just for a short while, but learning will carry you through the rest of your life,” said the late Pastor Dick Foege, whose grandson was among the many youth Stout’s mentoring positively impacted.
Pastor Foege was so impressed with Stout’s tenacity and persistent insistence that all youth receive an education that he founded a TCC Foundation scholarship in Stout’s name. Stout attended many TCC Foundation scholarship events with Pastor and Ms. Foege.
After teaching for a number of years, Stout decided to become a school administrator. He is credited with designing and implementing a reading fluency program that has been adopted by the Boys and Girls Club of America. Stout was recently featured in an article in the Spring 2011 edition of Principal News, the Washington Association of School Principal’s journal.
The article, “The Phoenix Club,” focuses on a mentoring program he began at Steilacoom High School for “turnaround students.” In the program, teachers and other staff members closely follow the progress of identified students and assist them with their high school careers. The program shifts the balance of interactions with these students to one where school officials assume the role of advocates and not enemies.
‘’Mr. Stout has a solid record of making a positive impact in schools as he truly cares for his students and staff,” said Kathi Weight, the district’s Executive Director of Student Achievement. “He understands what constitutes good instruction and about high standards necessary for student achievement.”
Stout has fond memories of the time he spent at TCC, and appreciates the support his instructors gave him when he returned to school as a single parent. The scholarship named in his honor helped ten students get an education at TCC.
Stout’s next career move will bring him back to Tacoma. Starting fall 2016, he’ll be principal at Truman Middle School.Print This Post