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Instructor – American Sign Language 

AA, Johnson County Community College

BS, University of Kansas – KS

MA, University of Kansas – KS

MS, Missouri State University – MO

Office: ICE 243

Email: frittss@otc.edu

Phone: 417-447-3510

Steven Fritts

Steve Fritts began his educational journey at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. Discovering a love for sign language and working with the deaf, he relocated to Kansas City where he attended Johnson County Community College earning his Associate of Arts degree. He then attended the University of Kansas where he received his Bachelor of General Studies double majoring in Human Development and Psychology. Continuing his interest in working with the deaf, he then obtained his Master of Arts from the University of Kansas specializing in Human Development and Behavior Analysis. His graduate research was on reading education and deaf students. After completion of his degree, he relocated to Springfield, MO where he served as both a disability advocate and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. During this time, he completed his second Master’s at Missouri State University in Counseling and his research focus at this time was on gender identity issues.

OTC Employment

Steve has been with Ozarks Technical Community College since 2005 and currently serves as the Lead Instructor for American Sign Language. These duties also include counseling and serving as a certified instructor for Leadership Development Studies. Steve also serves as an Advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as also serves as the Missouri Regional Associate Coordinator.  In his spare time he serves as the creator and director of The Dr. Deadalous Traveling Zombie Show in conjunction with Springfield’s Thriller on C-Street. In addition, he also takes improvisation classes at Chicago’s famed Second City.

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