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SE faculty Jerry Stout

Dr. Jerry Stout

SOSU Educational Leadership Program Coordinator

"I want my students to be well grounded in the concept of servant leadership. I want my students to have real, practical ideas and field experiences for leadership."

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. – Texas A&M University – Commerce, 1995
  • M.Ed. – East Texas State University, 1984
  • B.S. – East Texas State University, 1979

Career Highlights:

Served as Superintendent of Schools for Tom Bean ISD and Roxton ISD. Served as building principal at Cooper Jr/Sr High School and Beckville Middle School.

Which online degree program(s) do you teach?


  • Which classes do you teach online?

    School Community Relations, The Principalship, Capstone: Principal Internship

  • What do you want your students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?

    I was working full time raising a family when I worked on my master's and my doctorate. I understand working, coaching, teaching, doing lesson plans, grading papers, and then on top of that, working in graduate programs. So in my class it's going to be very application-based. I won't ask you to do any work or any projects that are just for the project. I hope that it's something that you can take and then incorporate on your own campus, use in your own classrooms.

  • What's the best advice that you could give your students?

    Never stop learning, never stop growing, and be a leader wherever you are.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    Read the Bible for life and read Lead Like Jesus for some servant leadership application.

  • What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?

    To be successful in education, you must have an inner need to serve humanity. You must be open, honest and a person of integrity.

  • What do you think is the biggest challenge that educators face today?

    One of the biggest challenges facing educators today is a selfish "me first" attitude of entitlement exhibited by a growing number of students and parents.

  • Tell us something that your students might find interesting, something they may not know about you.

    I started school in first grade at Fourth Ward Elementary School in Paris, Texas, and have been in school in some capacity ever since.

    As a student at Paris Jr. College I drove a bus route for my home district of Prairiland ISD. After retiring as superintendent of Tom Bean ISD, I then drove a bus for the Grayson Special Education Coop for two years. My education career in Texas was a full cycle.

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