Conway High School’s Kim Raup has been named a finalist in the 2019 Computer Science Educator of the Year Award.
The five finalists were announced by the Arkansas Department of Education Monday.
This is the first year for what the department hopes will be an annual award.
"We had many well-deserving applicants; however, when the #CSforAR team carefully considered every application, the team unanimously agreed that these five educators demonstrate both a long-term and ongoing commitment to, passion for, and impact on computer science education in Arkansas and the nation," said Anthony Owen, state director of Computer Science Education and chief state STEM officer. "These educators have earned and deserve this recognition."
Raup teaches Computer Science Programming and Coding, as well as Advanced Placement Computer Science classes at Conway High School. She is also the faculty sponsor for the high school’s coding team, who won First Place in the Governor’s Coding Competition last year.
Conway High School Principal Buck Bing says Raup is an outstanding teacher who goes above and beyond for her students.
“There is a reason the demand for Mrs. Raup’s classes is always beyond capacity,” Bing said. “She is constantly working with and for our students to ensure their highest level of success.”
Each of the finalists will receive a $2,500 award from the Arkansas Department of Education Office of Computer Science.
A panel comprised of representatives from the ADE Computer Science Initiative Unit and external computer science and education leaders will now review the five finalists' applications and select the 2019 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, paid registration and travel expenses to the ADE 2019 Summit, and a $1,000 sponsorship to attend the Computer Science Teachers Association's Annual Conference.
Joining Raup as finalists are Carl Frank, Computer Science Teacher, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, Josefina Perez, Business/Computer Science Teacher, Springdale High School, Brenda Qualls, Computer Science Teacher, Bryant High School, and Karma Turner, Computer Science Teacher, Lake Hamilton High School.
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