Staley, Armistre Ametjian (1925-2000)

Staley, Armistre Ametjian (1925-2000)

Date Updated



Teacher Education

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Stanford University, Coun. Psych, 1966 ED.D.

Stanford University, Coun. Psych, 1955 MA

University of Redlands, Sociology, 1946 AB

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1965-1992

Tulare City Schools, 1948-1963

Fresno State University, varied years, summers

University of Calif., Davis, varied years, summers

University of Calif., Sta. Cruz Extension, varied years, summers

Administrative and Professional Experience

Registered Social Worker.

Consultant, California State Department of Education.

Consultant, Head Start Follow Through, other Categorical Aid Programs.

Consultant, various school districts including Jefferson Elementary, Ravenswood, Tulare City, Union, No. Monterey County, Santa Cruz City, Salinas.

Evaluator, California State Department of Education.

Selected Publications

Variety of articles including:

"The Effects of a Pre‑School Program Upon the Intellectual, Language and Social Development of Low‑Income Children,"

" A Pre‑School Language Assessment Instrument,"

"Language Development in Young Children,"

"The Gifted Child‑‑Another Look,"

"Reading and the Bilingual Child,"

"Evaluation of Pre‑School Programs,"

"Evaluation of Categorical Aid Programs."

Also, many technical evaluations.

Personal Commentary

Other little girls were playing house, I was playing school. My career objective was established early. Even after 44 years of teaching/administration, the field, to me, remained exciting and challenging.

My varied experiences in public school, which included teaching, supervision, administration, and consulting, provided an excellent background for my work in teacher education on the university level. Also, I felt especially fortunate to have been involved in some of the early research on the effects of early intervention in the intellectual development of pre‑school children. It was especially gratifying to see then the establishment and growth of Head Start Programs throughout the nation.

To me, San Jose State University was an exciting place to be. A large cosmopolitan university with a diverse student body and a staff with varying philosophical "bents" provided many hours of stimulating discussion and thought. Another important aspect of my experiences at the university was the opportunity to work with colleagues from the different schools on university committees. These included the University Promotions Committee, the Executive Vice‑President Search Committee, the University Athletics Board, the Outstanding Professor Committee, and others.

My husband, a retired school administrator and a SJSU student body president and member of the no‑loss/no tie championship football team of 1940, and I look back on our association with the university with great personal and professional satisfaction.

Date Completed: 11/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Staley, Armistre Ametjian (1925-2000)