Curtis and Joyce  Hander 87
Curtis and Joyce Hander 87

19 basketball game
19 basketball game



Meet Curtis

Local Leadership Representing Local Communities Producing Local Results
  • Born and reared in Logan County, Arkansas.

  • Graduate of ATU with degrees in education, history, and science.

  • PhD in Hydrogeology from the University of Arkansas.

  • Forty years in k-12 education and now serves as regional science director for GFESC.

  • Twenty-six years of teaching and driving a school bus for Paris School District.

  • Work experience includes director of the Summer Youth Employment Program for 130 students for eight years, nuclear chemist for ANO for a year, Park Ranger for the Corps of Engineers as well as summer employment at Tysons, Cloyes Gear, and the Small Farms Research Center in Booneville.

  • Fulbright Teacher to Japan, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Research Experience for Teachers through Duke University, STRIVE teacher fellowship in Agriculture at Texas A/M, Unsung Hero in Education and others.

  • Has written over two million dollars in agricultural, historical, and educational grants.

  • Author of nine books, three of which are on local history of the River Valley.

Member or past member of the following organizations

  • Gideon’s International

  • National Science Teachers Association

  • Arkansas Council of Social Studies Education.

  • National Council of Social Studies Teachers.

  • Arkansas Science Teachers Association.

  • Geological Society of America

  • American Geographical Society


Personal Information

  • Father of three children and two stepchildren.

  • Former youth director and current member of Harmony Assembly of God.

  • Board member of Paris Coal Miners Museum, Logan County Museum, Union School Association, Logan County Arts Center, Logan County Retired Teachers Association, Move the Train Association.

  • Directs Science education for 22 school districts and over 1,400 teachers in Western Arkansas.