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.
Nov 2009 - May 2011
Master of Science in Education
This 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 1998 - May 2002
Bachelor of Science
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.
Jun 2015 - Present
Computer Science Education Specialist
I work with teachers and districts across Arkansas to increase the opportunities for students to take rigorous, high-quality classes in Computer Science. Additionally, I serve as an advocate for issues impacting K-12 Computer Science Education.
Aug 2013 - Jun 2015
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.
Jan 2011 - Present
Adjunct Instructor & Summer Programs
As an Adjunct Instructor in the Computer Science Department, I teach Computer Literacy as needed. I also serve the College of Engineering and Information Technology summer programs by leading technology classes for students in the middle grades and providing supervision for high school students participating in residential research programs.
Aug 2010 - Aug 2013
Computer Information Systems Instructor
In the Fall of 2010 I transitioned from an adjunct instructor to a full-time instructor. I taught Fundamentals of Information Technology, 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 2003 - May 2010
Computer Science Teacher
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.
Aug 2009 - May 2010
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. This course introduced students to available technology resources and to computer concepts, hardware, software, file management, networks, email, and the Internet. It also provided hands-on application in word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and database management software.
Sep 2002 - Jan 2003
In this role I worked closely with the program director and senior epidemiologist to maintain Arkansas’ database of breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment activities. I responded to information requests, supervised data entry, and regularly submitted aggregate information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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°