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.