Faculty and Staff
James Stubbs is Dean of Fire Science, Letters, Arts & Kinesiology (FLAK) at Lonestar College - Kingwood. Prior to becoming Dean, he also served as band director and professor of music and directed the Kingwood Big Band, Lone Star College - Kingwood Jazz Ensemble, and the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band.
Prior to his arrival at Lone Star College - Kingwood in 2004, Mr. Stubbs was the director of bands at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas for fourteen years where he directed the marching band, athletic bands, jazz ensembles, theater orchestras, wind ensembles, and community bands. His teaching duties have included courses in music theory, music appreciation, American music, jazz improvisation, and applied brass.
Prior to his career in higher education, Mr. Stubbs served as a high school band director and applied trumpet educator in high schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, the University of North Texas, and is a doctoral candidate at Baylor University.
Richard H. Almstedt
Richard H. Almstedt, department chair for kinesiology and dance, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1991. Almstedt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College and a Master of Education degree from the University of Houston.
Almstedt has presented a number of papers during his career. In 2004, he presented "So you want to be an official" at the Texas Association for Health Physical Education (TAHPERD), Recreation and Dance and the South District American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference. He has also presented, "Officials Managing Players, Coaches and Administrators" at the Texas Association of Sports Officials (basketball) Convention for four consecutive years. He also presented, "Prime Time Intramurals" at the TAHPERD convention in 2008 and before the El Paso Independent School District in service.
Almstedt has earned awards and recognitions. In 1993 he was named "Teacher of the Year." In 2000, he was named, "National Federation Officials Boys Basketball Officials of the Year." He has also officiated at NCAA, NAIA and NCCAA and NJCA. From 1998-2002 he was president of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (basketball). He was also named South District of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Recreation Professional of the Year in 2004. He was also named the TAHPERD Administrator of the Year in 2011-2012.
Alsmstedt teaches first aid and safety, foundations of physical education, aqua aerobics and scuba diving. "LSC-Kingwood is the campus in the LSC-System," he added.
Alan Wright, professor of kinesiology and director of intramurals and sports clubs, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2006. Wright obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Science degree in health, physical education and recreation from Middle Tennessee State University.
Wright has presented a number of papers at conferences across the country. In 2009, Wright presented, "Club sport partnerships between community colleges and universities" at the National Intermural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). In 2006, he presented, "What it takes to be a good supervisor" at the same conference.
Wright teaches fitness for life, weight training, golf and learning frame work. Heobtains certifications in Scuba and as a 4-H facilitator.
"The greatest satisfaction I get from my job comes from motivating students to become healthier by setting realistic goals and leading them on a simple, but effective path to a better lifestyle. By focusing on the simple things, I help them learn the value of themselves and learn that society should not be allowed to define their self-worth," Wright stated.
Yolanda Marie Camarata
Yolanda Marie Camarata, professor of kinesiology and nutrition, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1999. Camarata earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.
Camarata teaches courses in personal health, first aid and safety and nutrition.
She is also involved in various committees. Some of these include the kinesiology curriculum committee and the general education core curriculum committee.
"I am passionate about all the courses I teach," explained Camarata. "This campus has been like home to me since my time as a student here."