Leita Spears

Leita Spears

Work History

Work History
Sep 2008 - Present

Co-founder

Historytellers

Educational programs designed to teach by interpretive living history re-enactment, and demonstration of events and activities. Consultation and workshop services for historic sites and museums.  Duties include administration, organization, scheduling, marketing, human resources, research and development.

Jun 2007 - Sep 2008

Assistant Director

Fort Smith Heritage Foundation

Research, compile, and present facts concerning the Clayton House museum. Assist executive director. Tours, event organizing, fundraising events, communicate with media, grant writing, educational programs, volunteer program coordinator, training, maintenance, coordinate with Board members and descendants, banquets, weddings, receptions, teas and booths.

Jan 2004 - Aug 2005

Arkansas Dept of Health, IHSA

Provide confidential in home health and hospice services for the elderly and disabled to help them remain in their own home safely and/or end of life care at the location of the patient’s choice.

Mar 2000 - Aug 2000

Field worker

Census Bureau

Trained, collected information from residential facilities and individuals as assigned, completed forms, compiled info packages, accepted and checked for accuracy forms completed by field workers.

Summary

Public Historian and national award recipient with experience in creative educational programs can bring strong background in excellence to consulting or organizing customized living history programs, day to day museum operations, or research and development in historical settings.  Focusing on educaion in traditional and non-traditional settings.

Volunteer Experience

  • Barling Elementary School History Day 2009
  • Waldron School National Register of Historic Places Mini District research volunteer
  • Barling Elementary School History Day 2008
  • Clayton House museum’s living history program
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site – Frontier Fest
  • Fort Smith Museum of History
  • Scott County Cemetery Preservation committee adviser
  • Rich Mountain Community College at Waldron
  • OARS (Office of Adult Returning Students)
  • Kingdom Hall construction throughout the Arkansas and Oklahoma area - 10 years
  • Mentor for Student Association for Historical Interpretation
  • Organizer for Arkansas Association of Historical Interpreters

Additional Education

  • GED, 1980, attended Mt. Ida High School, Mt Ida, AR 71957
  • CNA, December 2003, RMCC
  • CPR: Adult and Infant/ First Aid certified by AHA and ARC
  • CIG – National Association for Interpretation certified 2006
  • Foster Parent Training - 75 hours, Mid- South, Sept - Nov, 2003
  • NAI - attended national workshop 2007
  • NAI - attended regional workshop 2008 and presented mini session
  • ALHA – attended conference 2008   

Professional Activities & Awards

  • Murder, Scandal, and Politics: The Clayton Family in Post Civil War Arkansas Symposium organizer
  • National Association for Interpretation - Region VI session presentation February 2009
  • Published in Heritage Herald – Edition 3 2008 - Boys and Girls Clubs History Day Camps
  • Reviving the Chautauqua Spirit  - Association of Missouri Interpreters conference speaker, September 2008.
  • Tales of the Crypt - research, script writing, guide, Fairview cemetery, Van Buren, Arkansas – 2006, 2008.
  • Guest speaker for RMCC Waldron classroom facility grand opening – August 2006
  • Drennen-Scott museum student presentation in association with Professor Tom Wing during History Week at UA Fort Smith – February 2007.
  • National Association for Interpretation - mini presentation Region VI conference 2008
  • Profession Development presentation for Van Buren teachers Spring 2008
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient UA Fort Smith 2005, 2006
  • Freeman Tilden Scholarship recipient 2008
  • NAI – National Undergraduate Scholarship recipient 2008         
  • NAI - attended national workshop 2007
  • NAI - attended regional workshop 2008 and presented mini session
  • ALHA – attended conference 2008   

Education

Education
May 2008 - Present

BA

UA Fort Smith

This unique program concentrates on heritage and cultural studies with emphasis on National Park Service and National Association for Interpretation standards.

Certifications

Certifications
Jan 2009 - Present

Project Archeaology

Lindenwood University
2006 - Present

Certified Interpretive Guide

National Association for Interpretation