Multi-award winning musician and singer Bill Stalnaker is in his fifth year at NorthMarionHigh   Schoolas a Language Arts and Journalism teacher. Stalnaker received his English and Journalism degrees and Folklore certification from FairmontStateUniversity. Bill Stalnaker was recognized by Gov. Joe Manchin IV as a “Distinguished West Virginian,” the highest civilian award in the State of West Virginia.  Beginning his music career as a teenager he is a multi-faceted artist, from producing a section on the 47th Grammy Awards to acting,  producing, writing, recording, playing, and singing on commercials, soundtracks, and in live theatre productions, Stalnaker is a true renaissance man.  Winner of the Arts and Humanities Music Award for his musical accomplishments, Stalnaker also produced the highly successful Johnnie Johnson Homecoming Concert in honor of his friend and mentor Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Johnnie Johnson.  He continues to produce the award winning Johnnie Johnson Festival proclaimed aWest Virginia “Jewel of the Hills,” an annual event held inFairmont since 2002.  Stalnaker writes and has been recognized numerous times by local, regional, state, national, and international media.  He has been featured in Living Blues, Blues Revue, and Graffiti magazine being selected as one of the Top Ten Must See Acts by Graffiti.  He was a guest speaker twice atArkansasStateUniversity’s Delta Blues Symposium and has presented at universities, colleges, and public schools throughout theUnited States. As an actor he has appeared both on stage and screen.  He appeared in the movie “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers,” which has aired numerous times on the USA Network and on “Rhonda Shear’s Up All Night,” late night series. Stalnaker’s resume includes a virtual who’s who of American Music, sharing the stage with Johnnie Johnson, The Kentucky Headhunters, Paul Geremia, Greg Piccolo, Honeyboy Edwards, Bob Margolin, Nappy Brown, Sam Myers, Carey Bell, Big Bill Morganfield, Jimmy Vivino and many others. He has lived a dream and received quite an education working with his heroes and friends that he listened to as a child through his mother and father’s music collection.  When asked about his career as an educator, he states; “After love there is nothing more important than education.  The life I’ve led has afforded me the opportunity to bring all my life’s lessons learned to my students and hopefully enhance their lives and offer them the brightest of futures.” Along with teaching Stalnaker continues to perform.  He is currently working on a book about the life of Rock and Roll Pioneer Johnnie Johnson.  Bill Stalnaker refers to himself as a “Roads Scholar” due to his life as a musician, receiving his education on the highways and byways ofNorth America.

Bill Stalnaker, Advisor