Graphic of Stu Harper reading: School guidance counselor, Kentucky School for the Deaf. "I love working with youth. They

Stu Harper – Kentucky Instructor

Graphic of Stu Harper reading: School guidance counselor, Kentucky School for the Deaf. "I love working with youth. They're fun, they learn quickly and they're interested in the world."
Stu Harper has labored on the Kentucky College for the Deaf (KSD) in Danville for 21 years.

“I like working with youth,” he stated. “They’re enjoyable, they be taught rapidly, they’re on the earth, and I feel it retains me younger.”

With grasp’s levels in Deaf training and faculty counseling, Harper serves as the college steerage counselor at KSD. With KSD being a Ok-12 faculty, his work can vary from serving to youthful college students be taught to speak with friends to serving to highschool college students with faculty preparation.

“I’ve seen a lot of children undergo that complete full instructional profession, after which to see them go on to school, see them get jobs and households, and achieve success of their lives. There’s no higher reward than that; to know that you just had a small half in that,” stated Harper.

Harper grew to become fascinated about studying extra in regards to the Deaf and Onerous of Listening to group after proofreading a classmate’s thesis on the Deaf group. He stated he was fascinated and started taking American Signal Language (ASL) classes and attending conferences at an area membership for Deaf and Onerous of Listening to members After studying ASL, he determined he wished to turn out to be a trainer for the Deaf and Onerous of Listening to.

Previous to becoming a member of KSD, Harper was a secretary for a most cancers heart, the place he used his information of ASL to assist the middle’s medical doctors and sufferers to speak with one another.

He additionally had a six-month internship with KSD earlier than it grew to become his full-time job.

“Seeing folks undergo that course of and serving to within the medical care discipline made an impression,” Harper stated.

Presently, Harper collaborates with new KSD interim principal, Lynn Petrey, to assist college students discover jobs and to assist them in making selections after highschool by getting them extra concerned locally

He’s the recipient of a Kentucky Division of Training Strategic Excellence and Achievement Award, which is given to staff who go above and past of their work for the company.

Harper, and his spouse Cris, have three sons and reside in Danville. When not working, he’s energetic along with his Boy Scouts troop and enjoys troop actions equivalent to tenting, mountain climbing and canoeing.