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Dr. S. Stuart Flanagan


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Tests for Higher Standards

Background Information

Employment History

Mathematics Professor

College of William and Mary


College of William and Mary

Chair of the Math Department

St. Christopher's School

Senior Consultant

CBS Publications

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Call Dr. Stuart Flanagan at 804-725-7997 or for information and pricing.

Tests for Higher Standards (TfHS) was founded in 1997 by Dr. S. Stuart Flanagan, who had recently retired from the College of William and Mary, and Dr. David E. W. Mott, who had previously worked in the testing service at the Virginia Department of Education.
S. Stuart Flanagan, Ed. D. - Co-owner of Tests for Higher Standards

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President: Dr. S. Stuart Flanagan, Professor at the College of William & Mary

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Flanagan started growing pumpkins and offering tours at the homestead in 1983, when she still lived in the adjoining 1837 waterfront manor house. "We were making cookies, sometimes 400 at a time, to give to each of the children," she says. At that time, the children - 1,200 she counts - would traipse through the house to use the bathroom. (In the mid-1980s she sold the house and a couple of lots to pay off debt. Now there's a row of port-a-johns placed discreetly behind the barn.)

She learned on the job. Flanagan grew up in a family that moved often before settling in Maryland.
The couple duly moved from Annapolis - where Flanagan taught physical education - with their three children. The maintenance was constant, she says.
It's the same tractor that Flanagan drives today more than 30 years later.
Flanagan stayed put, and in 1982 they divorced. She tried keeping the strawberries but was overwhelmed by the expense and the difficulties, though she still grows a large patch for Noah, her 9-year-old grandson. He lives across the road with her daughter, Krista, a 4-H extension agent for Gloucester, who helps out at the farm after work.
So Flanagan switched to pumpkins and other Halloween attractions - scarecrow-making, haunted hayrides, face-painting, pumpkin-chunking - gradually grew up around them. This year she planted 12 acres, driving the tractor while her daughter sat on the back of a tomato planter and dropped the seeds in one by one, taking the better part of three days. A late start in mid-July followed by torrential rains knocked off the early blossoms and delayed the harvest by a month. "I've got a fair amount of green pumpkins out there," she says, which has forced her to buy more than usual to supplement.
For the haunted hayride, she cuts two big mazes in the sorghum crop, next to the field of rapidly drying sunflowers, and puts "bodies" with fake chain saws and other scary items in there, and drives the trailers through. She says, cheerfully, "It's really dark out there but it's more funny than scary.
After more than 25 years of running the place herself, Flanagan says she would like to turn it over to someone else with a knowledge of agriculture and a big family that could help out. She lives three miles away with her husband, Stuart Flanagan, a mathematics professor at the College of William and Mary. He helps her with the SOL pretests for K-4 students, tied in to the garden and the farm animals, but that's all. "He doesn't like the farm one iota - it's a one-person operation," she says. Some consider it the best job in the world, but it doesn't just happen, she says, observing wind damage that's knocked down an entire maze of pencil-leaf evergreens in containers.
She's cultivated a crew of 10 locals who pitch in as needed when the school groups converge, sometimes as many as 450 at a time. "The kids are so cute," she says, her tanned face crinkling into a grin. She describes how they'll pick out giant pumpkins, too large to carry and try to roll them instead.
In late November, after the season, Flanagan usually heads to Nebraska for a week to see her two brothers and 91-year-old mother. Both brothers run farms similar to Belmont, but on a larger, more commercial scale. This year she's planning on a month's stay. They'll put her right to work, she says.

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S. Stuart Flanagan, Ed. D. - is a mathematics educator with substantial experience in research and student testing. Education: Washington and Lee University - BS, University of Virginia - M.Ed., and Ed.D. He served as chair of the math department at St. Christopher's School (grades K-12) in Richmond, Virginia. Thereafter, he was a professor at the College of William and Mary for 30 years teaching mathematics and mathematics education-related courses including research, testing, and curriculum development. He is now Professor Emeritus. During his tenure, he developed test items for several projects at the local and state level, directed several NSF grants, consulted with school divisions statewide, authored numerous articles, and was a senior consultant to CBS Publications for the mathematics series Mathematics Unlimited. Additionally, he was a grader for the ETS Advanced Placement Program. During the late '80s and early '90s, he was known throughout Virginia for his highly successful Literacy Passport Test materials, used extensively throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Dr. S. Stuart Flanagan Professor Emeritus, College of William and Mary phone: 804-725-7997 email:

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