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Dr. James Gentry

Dr. James Gentry is the inspiration behind the creation of HOOT! When he was a youngster growing up in the piney woods of East Texas, Gentry had trouble reading and struggled in school. Feeling alone with his problem, he longed to see others like himself depicted in storybooks. Eventually diagnosed with dyslexia, Gentry was able to obtain the help he needed to succeed in school and go on to train educators to teach children with learning differences. Several of the stories in HOOT! are based on his experiences. Gentry’s two sons created HOOT to provide ebooks for children who find little in common with the kids they see in books at the library or bookstore.

Dr. Gentry is the Associate Director of Instructional Design & Training within the College of Education at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Gentry joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in special education and reading. He also serves as editor of the Journal of the Effective Schools Project. In 2011, Gentry received the O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2013, Dr. Gentry was one of five faculty members in the Texas A&M University System inducted into the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators. The academy recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of teacher education and highlights the role of the A&M System in producing K-12 teachers for the state of Texas.

Why I Joined HOOT!

I joined Hoot because this is an opportunity to provide teachers, parents, and children books reflecting the everyday challenges and success of all people. Although Hoot will have books that include fantasy and fiction, HOOT! will also have books representing the beauty of diversity. In a time of division and turmoil, I am proud my sons are motivated by the need to provide children variety in literature with messages that are uplifting and inspirational. We need this. Children deserve to have this. I am proud to be with HOOT!

Tenure Rank History

  • Full Professor (August 1, 2018)
  • Associate Professor (August 1, 2012)
  • Assistant Professor (August 1, 2006)

Licensures and Certifications

  • Texas Endorsed Gifted and Talented Teacher, Texas State Board for Teacher Certification. (December 1, 1999 – Present).
  • Texas Certified Language Arts (Grades 6-12), Texas State Board for Teacher Certification. (April 17, 1999 – Present).
  •  Texas Certified Secondary English (Grades 6-12), Texas State Board for Teacher Certification. (April 17, 1999 – Present).
  •  Texas Certified Secondary Speech Communication (Grades 6-12), Texas State Board for Teacher Certification. (April 17, 1999 – Present).
  •  Texas Certified Secondary Psychology (Grades 6-12), Texas State Board for Teacher Certification. (January 3, 1999 – Present).
  •  Texas Certified Elementary Education (Grades 1-8), Texas State Board for Teacher Certification. (January 8, 1996 – Present).
  •  Texas Certified Special Education (Grades PK-12), Texas State Board for Teacher Certification. (January 8, 1996 – Present).

Awards and Honors

  • Induction into the Crystal Apple Society, Tarleton State University, and the College of Education. (May 7, 2019).
  • Last Lecture Award, Tarleton State University/Student Government Association. (September, 15, 2016).
  • Faculty Excellence in Scholarship, Tarleton State University. (March 10, 2015).
  • Faculty Excellence in Scholarship, Tarleton State University~College of Education. (January 7, 2015).
  • Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators: Significant Contributor to Texas K-12 Teacher Preparation, Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators, Teaching, State. (January 30, 2013).
  • O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award. Tarleton State University~College of Education. (March 28, 2011).
  •  College of Education Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award, Tarleton State University. (August 15, 2010).
  • Alumni Ambassador, Texas A&M University in Commerce. (March 30, 2010).
  • Texas A&M University in Texarkana Distinguished Alumni Award, Texas A&M University Texarkana. (November 20, 2009).
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