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Summary

I am an Arkansas native currently providing K-12 Computer Science professional development and curriculum design for school districts across the state.  Passionate about educational technology and the communities that have formed around it, I hope to leverage my strong background in Computer Science and Information Technology to make teaching and learning in the 21st century more engaging for all.

Work experience

Jul 2017Present

Director, Coding Arkansas' Future

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & Arts

I lead a team of Computer Science specialists working to grow the number of competent, confident computer science teachers in Arkansas by developing standards-aligned middle school and high school curriculum and providing long-term teacher mentoring and professional development.

Jun 2015Jun 2017

Computer Science Education Specialist

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & Arts

I worked with teachers and districts across Arkansas to increase the opportunities for students to take rigorous, high-quality classes in Computer Science.  Additionally, I served as an advocate for issues impacting K-12 Computer Science Education.

Aug 2013Jun 2015

Business Teacher

Bryant High School

I taught Mobile Application Development to students in grades 9 through 12 in the Business Department at Bryant High School. The three year program of study introduces students to Computer Science and develops problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills in a problem-based environment.

Aug 2009Aug 2013

Computer Information Systems Instructor

College of the Ouachitas

As a member of the Associate Faculty in the Business Technology Division, I taught Fundamentals of Information Technology to students on campus as well as those incarcerated through the Arkansas Department of Correction.  In the Fall of 2010 I transitioned from an adjunct instructor to a full-time instructor, teaching Microsoft Client and Server Administration, Computer Repair, Introduction to UNIX, Network Security, and Java Programming.  I redesigned many of these courses to be delivered in a hybrid fashion, allowing students to finish a degree in as little as 18 months.

Jan 2003May 2010

Computer Science Teacher

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & Arts

In addition to teaching college-level Computer Science to Arkansas' best and brightest students, I also mentored student researchers, provided professional development workshops and conference presentations, and managed two computer labs.

Education

Mar 2016May 2017

Graduate Certificate in Cyber/STEM Education

Louisiana Tech University

This certificate, aimed at preparing teachers to craft integrated, project-driven learning experiences, leverages the Cyber Innovation Center’s Cyber / STEM curricula.  A cohort of K-12 teachers and administrators from across the nation worked to become leaders at their school in the field of cyber, develop or enhance their school’s cyber programs, engage students in new and innovative ways, and connect students with the cyber jobs of today and tomorrow.  Courses in the 12-hour certificate program included Perspectives and History of Cyber and STEM, Project and Problem-Based Instruction, Cyber Literacy, and Methods for STEM Instruction.

Nov 2009May 2011

Master of Science in Education

Arkansas State University

The Educational Leadership Program includes courses in Theories of Instruction, Supervision and Evaluation of Teaching, Ethical Leadership, School Law, Philosophies of Education, School and Community Relations, Statistics and Research, and Curriculum Management.  Additionally, I participated in a supervised internship program.

Sep 1998May 2002

Bachelor of Science

Henderson State University

I studied Computer Science at Henderson State, declaring a minor in Physics.  I was a member of the Honors College, I volunteered as a tutor and a university ambassador, and I worked 30+ hours per week 7 of my 8 semesters there.  I served as the Vice-Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery Student Chapter my senior year.  I graduated Cum Laude.

Recognitions

2016

Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science

Infosys Foundation USA, the Association for Computing Machinery, and Computer Science Teachers Association

The 2016 Infosys Foundation USA/ACM/CSTA Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science recognize ten talented computer science teachers at the pre-university (K-12) level around the world.

2015

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year. I was the recipient of the Mathematics award for Arkansas in then 2015 award year.

Certifications

Dec 2020

Business Teacher

Arkansas Department of Education

Oracle Academy Instructor

Oracle

Microsoft Certified Professional

Microsoft
2009Present

Google Certified Teacher

Google/CUE
20112017

Google Certified Trainer

Google

Professional Development

I have attended° and presented* a variety of conferences, sessions, and workshops in the last year.

  • Arkansas Leadership Academy Facilitation of Adult Learning°
  • Arkansas Computer Science Education Leadership Summit*
  • Arkansas Google Apps in Education Summit*
  • Computer Science Teachers Association Annual Conference°
  • Essentials of Computer Programming Plus Boot Camp*
  • AIMM Mentor Training°
  • Writing Within the CTE Frameworks°

References

Dr. Chris Stephenson

Computer Science Education Program Lead, Google

Mr. Tommy Gober

Curriculum Development Specialist, National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center

Mr. Anthony Owen

Coordinator of Computer Science, Arkansas Department of Education

Dr. Corey Alderdice

Director, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & Arts

Mr. Vernard Henley

Assistant Dean, University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Engineering & Information Technology

Ms. Allison Nicholas

Director of Recruiting, First Orion