KARMA TURNER: Top teacher with Education Commissioner Johnny Key and Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

KARMA TURNER: Top teacher with Education Commissioner Johnny Key and Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Karma Turner, who teaches computer science at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, is the first Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year, which carries a $12,500 prize, in addition to $2,500 awarded the five finalists

She was one of five finalists for the first award, part of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s push for stronger computer education. The other four:

  • Carl Frank, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts in Hot Springs
  • Josefina Perez, Springdale High School in the Springdale School District
  • Brenda Qualls, Bryant High School in the Bryant School District
  • Kimberly Raup, Conway High School in the Conway School District

At the announcement, the governor said 8,000 students were now enrolled in computer science courses statewide.

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