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Stan the Man

"Wow! Simply Amazing! Stan captivated the students with his storytelling and energy."



Such a motivational experience! Stan visited our school to introduce himself to our students and kickoff his writing program. He captivated the crowd through his stories of relevance which essentially excited our students about the upcoming writing opportunity. He engaged our students by sharing some of his own personal life experiences that touched the hearts of our children and encouraged them to persist despite the obstacles they will inevitably encounter. Stan’s visit inspired our students to write their own story, but the impact he made went beyond academics. He left our children feeling empowered; he uniquely encouraged each child to be kind and always strive for greatness. He showed a genuine interest in the lives of our students and made a concerted effort to build their confidence. We can’t wait to welcome him back again next year to continue making a difference within our school and community!

Alps Road Elemtary

Wow! Simply amazing! Stanley Tucker conducted an online visit for our school and it was outstanding! He held 2 sessions; one for Kindergarten through 2 nd grade students, and the other for 3 rd through 5 th grade students. No matter the audience, he captivated the students with his storytelling and energy! He had some of our students moved to tears because of his story, and he had other students motivated to be better versions of themselves because of his words of encouragement. Multiple teachers emailed and texted to let me know how powerful Stanley’s message was to our students. If you’re on the fence on whether you think this will be impactful for your students, let me stop you. Stanley Tucker makes a difference and he will make a difference for your group as well! I can’t say enough about how great of an experience it was! We plan to make this a tradition of having Stanley speak to our students year after year!

Kevin Johnson  |  Assistant Principal  |  Mount Bethel Elementary

What an amazing experience for our students! Stan was engaging, encouraging, and genuine. He spoke from the heart about his life, being kind to others, and making his family proud. Our students were attentive throughout the session and wanted to know when Stan would be back. He greeted every student with enthusiasm and true interest. We look forward to inviting Stan back to our school to continue to be a positive influence. Stan the Man is the real deal!

Sam D. Panter Elementary

WOW! Our day with Stan Tucker was amazing!  He did two presentations and then spent quite a bit of time with some of our students who could benefit from one-on-one encouragement! Our students were completely engaged and continue to repeat his three key points: Kindness & Respect, Give your best effort, and Do the right thing even when no one is watching.  I highly recommend having Mr. Tucker for school presentations! We are going to have him back later this school year!

Gretchen Huff  |  Media Specialist  |  Baggett Elementary


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About Stan


Stanley Tucker tells the elementary school students he works with through his Leap for Literacy nonprofit that each of them is the author of their own life story.


Tucker is known to students as the smiling, encouraging “Stan the Man” who they greet with high fives and hugs as he visits schools in metro Atlanta and elsewhere. He is writing his life story, one that involves helping children love reading and writing. It’s a story still being revised as he goes along.


Tucker graduated from Kennesaw State in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the Bagwell College of Education. Tucker has long been inspired to be a mentor to children, just as relatives and community members stepped up to mentor him after his father died when he was just 8 years old. He saw teaching as the best way to achieve that goal. But by 2016, he revised his story when he turned an idea to visit schools and give away books into Leap for Literacy.

Click here to read the entire article in KSU Magazine by Gary Tanner


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