Arkansas Tech University Announces Walton Leader Scholars

Arkansas Tech University has selected an inaugural cohort of 20 Walton Leader Scholars for its LEAD 21 program.   LEAD 21 is a new initiative by the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning that will make the Arkansas Tech Master of Education degree in educational leadership available to selected teachers in Pulaski County and the Delta region of Arkansas through a blended format of online course offerings and seminars.

Made possible through a $974,157 grant from the Walton Family Foundation, LEAD 21 will serve two cohorts of 20 Master of Education in educational leadership students each over the next four years.

The inaugural class of Walton Leader Scholars (listed with the educational entity at which they serve) includes:

*Mary Beth Cox, North Little Rock High School
*Jonathan Crossley, Palestine-Wheatley High School
*Amanda Crowder, Lighthouse Academies of Arkansas, Jacksonville
*Tolu Daramola, KIPP Delta Public Schools, Helena
*Tamara Davis, Maumelle High School
*Suzette Decesaro, Adkins Pre-K, Pulaski County Special School District
*Pamela Freeman, Dupree Elementary, Pulaski County Special School District
*Chip Greenwell, El Dorado New Tech High School
*Catherine Hayes, North Little Rock High School
*Caroline Lampinen, Dumas School District
*Jaclyn Markovich, Lee County High School
*Hannah McCollester, Teach For America, Arkansas region
*Valencia Rochelle, Taylor Elementary, Pulaski County Special School District
*Kara Smith, Teach for America, Arkansas region
*Courtney Stone, Lighthouse Academies of Arkansas, Jacksonville
*Kimberly Weaver, Cross County High School
*Ethan Weeks, Cross County High School
*Emily Wells, Camden Fairview High School
*Norman Whitfield, Lighthouse Academies of Arkansas, Jacksonville
*Katelyn Wilhelmi, Southeast Middle School, Pine Bluff School District

The inaugural cohort began its studies with a two-day retreat at the Lake Point Conference Center in Russellville May 31-June 1. The second cohort will begin the program in summer 2014.  Dr. Matt McClure, superintendent of the Cross County School District, will serve as coordinator and facilitator for the LEAD 21 program.  Dr. Lonnie Melvin, visiting assistant professor of educational leadership in the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning, will serve as both instructor and advisor for the Walton Leader Scholars.

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.