Jamie Varnell Awarded Professional Development Sponsorship from ADE

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Education today announced the 35 Arkansas educators selected to each receive a $2,000 sponsorship. The sponsorships will assist educators with expanding their knowledge of computer science and give them the opportunity to network with other educators from around the world at the Computer Science Teachers Association conference, which will be held in Arlington, Virginia July 11–15, 2020.

“The CSTA Annual Conference provides a great opportunity for educators to listen to keynote speakers, attend a variety of sessions on a wide range of topics, network with other educators and industry professionals, and to visit with educational vendors and sponsors,” said Carl Frank, president of Arkansas CSTA. “This year there are over 100 sessions to choose from, and the closing keynote speaker is Linda Liukas from Helsinki, Finland. Arkansas educators really make an impression at this conference, not only by its large number in attendance, but many by their active participation either by presenting sessions or sharing what they do in their classroom. I highly recommend the CSTA Conference to anyone interested in computer science education.”

The following educators have been selected to each receive a $2,000 sponsorship:
• Jamie Varnell; Computer Science Teacher with Paris High School in Paris

The $2,000 sponsorships were open to Arkansas K-12 public school teachers, librarians, curriculum coordinators, counselors, and other educators who have demonstrated their commitment to technology integration and computer science education at their school or district. Educators were selected by an impartial committee of ADE employees and statewide computer science specialists who reviewed all applicants and scored them using a rubric viewable at https://goo.gl/ECCNg7.

Congrats Mr. Jamie Varnell! #wearepariseagles