We are excited to announce that Dr. Phillip Blake, eStem High School's Computer Science Teacher, has been named one of five finalists for the 2022 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year! Congratulations, Dr. Blake!
Read the press release from the Arkansas Department of Education announcing the finalists below.
Five Teachers Named 2022 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year Finalists
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Education’s Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce the five educators selected as finalists for the fourth annual Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year award.
“This year the ADE Office of Computer Science, with its team of statewide computer science specialists, reviewed the applications of many of the best teachers in Arkansas," said Anthony Owen, the state director of Computer Science Education. "While there were several outstanding applicants, the committee unanimously agreed that these five educators best demonstrate a long-term and ongoing commitment to, passion for, and impact on computer science education in Arkansas and the nation. Congratulations to this year’s finalists!”
The five finalists are listed below.
- Brenda Qualls, Bryant High School
- Carl Frank, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts in Hot Springs
- Kimberly Raup, Conway High School
- Nicholas Seward, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts in Hot Springs
- Phillip Blake, eStem Public Charter Schools in Little Rock
Each of the finalists will receive a $2,500 award from the Arkansas Department of Education’s Office of Computer Science. A panel composed of representatives from the ADE Computer Science Initiative Unit and external computer science and computing education and industry leaders will review the finalists’ applications and select the 2022 Computer Science Educator of the Year based on a rubric scoring system. The winner, who will be announced at a later date, will receive an additional $12,500 award.