Meet Mr. Stewart, the Readmobile Guy

Stewart Payne doesn’t just read to children; he brings books to life. Children love his style of read alouds, and through him, learn to love reading. We wish we could clone Mr. Stewart.

Stewart Payne has been Read 20′s Readmobile Coordinator since the program’s inception in 2008. He is the proud father of two sons attending Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and the husband of Julie Darby Payne, a Director at Unum. He is an avid mountain biker, disc golfer, outdoor enthusiast, and musician with a passion for the arts, education, and organizational development. Stewart holds both Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from the University of Tennessee and has worked extensively in Chattanooga’s nonprofit sector as a programmer, administrator and fundraiser since 1999. Prior to his work in nonprofits, Stewart was a contractor in the office interior industry, a freelance musician, renaissance man, jack of all trades and master of … many!

You can reach Mr. Stewart through email: or at (423) 443-2527 (look for a return call in the afternoon, after he completes his “read gigs” with the kids!) 

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