Stacy Willis Scholarship for 2011-12 Awarded

Flint FearsChristopher Flint Fears started his teaching career at the Arizona State School for the Deaf in Tucson, AZ. After working for three years as an elementary and middle school teacher, he moved to Little Rock, AR where he was employed as ASL instructor at University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003. Since 2005, he has worked at the Arkansas School for the Deaf as Campus Life Director then later as a classroom teacher. He is currently employed at the Arkansas School for the Deaf as the high school principal.

Mr. Fears has been involved in various community organizations and has served on boards such as Arkansas Association of the Deaf as 2nd vice president for two terms. He is also serving on the Arkansas Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities and on the board of Arkansas Hands and Voices. He is also a Deaf interpreter working with Arkansas Administrative Office of the Court.

Mr. Fears earned his bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University and completed his master’s degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is currently studying for his Educational Specialist degree and expects to obtain his doctorate degree in a few years. He is an outstanding example of leadership in the College of Education, the department of Educational Leadership at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is committed to the idea of life-long learning, and believes that education is the key to success in life for both children and adults. He is dedicated to the education and encouragement of children and works with his faculty and staff at the Arkansas School for the Deaf to promote a caring and fun, academic atmosphere in which the nutritional, emotional, and educational needs of young students are met.

When not at work or the University, he is busy with his ten-year-old daughter. He and his family love to spend their time traveling, swimming, and spending time with friends. Mr. Fears is an avid reader and enjoys learning about diverse cultures, photography and, naturally, Deaf culture.

The purpose of the Stacy Willis Endowed Scholarship is to fund scholarships for students with disabilities at UALR. It is named for a remarkable young woman who attended UALR, and who made an impact on everyone she met.

Applications for this scholarship are accepted every spring for the following academic year. For more information, visit the DRC website (ualr.edu/disability) any time.

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