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Arkansas Tech University presents Walton Leader Scholars
Arkansas Tech University presents Walton Leader Scholars

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) - Arkansas Tech University has selected 18 Walton Leader Scholars for the third cohort of its LEAD 21 program.

LEAD 21 is an initiative by the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning that makes the Arkansas Tech Master of Education degree in educational leadership available to selected teachers in northwest Arkansas, Pulaski County, the Delta region and districts throughout Arkansas that have priority schools or schools in need of improvement. 

Courses are delivered through a blended format of online course offerings and seminars.

LEAD 21 is made possible through a $974,157 grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The program began in summer 2013.
   
The third class of Walton Leader Scholars (listed with the educational entity at which they serve) includes:
   

  • Patricia Athey, Walker Elementary, Springdale School District
  • Rhett Barrett, Hellstern Middle School, Springdale School District
  • Eli Efird, J.O. Kelly Middle School, Springdale School District
  • Cori Fryar, Robert E. Lee Elementary, Springdale School District
  • Tania Galligan, Lake Hamilton Alternative Learning, Lake Hamilton School District
  • Sylvia Grady, Belair Middle School, Pine Bluff School District
  • Michael Hensley, Farmington High School, Farmington School District
  • Joshua Jenkins, J.O. Kelly Middle School, Springdale School District
  • Barbara Jones, Earle Elementary School, Earle School District
  • Tyisha Kleckley, Adkins Pre-K, Pulaski County Special School District
  • Tyler Reed, Stuttgart High School, Stuttgart School District
  • Chelsea Skaggs, Lakeside Elementary, Lakeside School District (Chicot County)
  • Hannah Sullivan, North Little Rock High School, North Little Rock School District
  • Brett Unger, Hellstern Middle School, Springdale School District
  • Shavonne Ward, KIPP Delta College Preparatory School, KIPP Delta Public Schools
  • Hannah Whisler, Stuttgart High School, Stuttgart School District
  • Leondra Williams-Savage, Oak Park Elementary, Pine Bluff School District
  • Paul Wilson, Heritage High School, Rogers Public Schools


Dr. Mary Gunter, dean of the Arkansas Tech Graduate College, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Education and professor of educational leadership, serves as executive director for the LEAD 21 program.
   
Dr. Matt McClure, chief learning and financial officer for the Cross County School District, is the LEAD 21 coordinator and facilitator.
   
For more information about the Master of Education in educational leadership degree program, contact Dr. Christopher Trombly, assistant professor of educational leadership and head of the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning, at (479) 498-6022.
   
Visit www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org to learn more about the Walton Family Foundation.

Visit www.atu.edu/cll to learn more about the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning.