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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

Jun 2015Present

Computer Science Education Specialist

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & Arts

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 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.

Jan 2011Present

Adjunct Instructor & Summer Programs

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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 2010Aug 2013

Computer Information Systems Instructor

College of the Ouachitas

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 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.

Aug 2009May 2010

Adjunct Instructor

Ouachita Technical College

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.


Mar 2016Present

Certification in Cyber/STEM Education

Louisiana Tech University

This certification, 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 are working 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 18-hour certification program include Perspectives and History of Cyber and STEM, Project and Problem-Based Instruction, Cyber Literacy, Methods for STEM Instruction, Integrated Cyber and STEM, and Cyber Society.

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.



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.


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.


Dec 2020

Business Teacher

Arkansas Department of Education

Oracle Academy Instructor


Microsoft Certified Professional


Google Certified Teacher


Google Certified Trainer


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°


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