Ken Stewart is retiring after spending three decades teaching Spanish at Chapel Hill High School, and his commitment to community involvement and the betterment of his students is what makes him this week’s WCHL Hometown Hero!

Stewart received his bachelor’s in International/Global Studies from UNC-CH and his master’s in Spanish Language and Literature from N.C. State. He’s taught all levels of Spanish, acted as Department Chair for six languages and been the liaison for dual language immersion programs. He’s been awarded Teacher of the Year by both Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the Founder’s Award by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, and is a member of various committees and workshops involved with AP exam development and testing.

In addition to his extensive teaching credentials, Stewart has also authored several books: “The Golden Age Art of Spain, Spanish Flip-O-Matic Vocabulary,” “Lazarillo de Tormes; A Kaplan Spanish Language and Culture Vocabulary-building novel” and even the Spanish I Quick Reference variety of the famous “Cliff Notes.”

His students praise his classroom pacing and personal attention, and colleagues admire his dedication to both teaching and learning. WCHL would like to thank him for his dedication to our community, both in and out of the classroom, for for being a Hometown Hero!