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|Anthony Owen Candidate Statement|
STATE DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVE
As a result of Governor Hutchinson’s vision for computer science, I, with the support of many partners, have been able to lead Arkansas’s initiative to the forefront of computer science education. It is with great enthusiasm that I submit my application to serve the greater computer science community as the State Department Representative to the CSTA Board of Directors for the 2016-2018 term. I look forward to this opportunity to further computer science education for all teachers and students across the nation using the diverse skills and knowledge that I have gained through years of varied public service.
WHAT EXPERIENCES AND/OR INTERESTS IN K-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION QUALIFY YOU TO SERVE AS A LEADER FOR THE ORGANIZATION?
I am currently serving as the Arkansas Coordinator of Computer Science. I have worked for the Arkansas Department of Education helping develop mathematics and computer science curriculum and policy for over four years. Under my tenure as Coordinator Arkansas has become nationally recognized as a leading state in computer science education. As a result, I am currently serving various national entities through curriculum development support, policy discussions, and implementation suggestions. I also hold an Arkansas Department of Education license in 4-12 Computer Science Education.
WHAT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE WITH CSTA?
I have worked with Ms. Deborah Seehorn, Mr. Carl Frank, and Mr. Daniel Moix on Arkansas’s CS standards development and interacted with other individuals with CSTA since taking on my current role.
WHAT LEADERSHIP SKILLS DO YOU HAVE THAT WOULD ENRICH THE BOARD AND THE ORGANIZATION?
I have an extensive background serving in numerous leadership roles prior to my current position. Since being appointed as Arkansas’s Coordinator of Computer Science, I have worked with multiple partners to successfully drive Governor Hutchinson’s computer science initiative. My successes, demonstrate an ability to work effectively with a team; a strong work ethic; a careful attention to detail; my ability to resourcefully and creatively brave tasks outside my normal job function; my ability to absorb, disaggregate, and make timely yet informed decisions based on data; an exceptional technological prowess; and my passion to champion laudable organizational missions and values.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR K-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION?My belief is the most important issues for K-12 computer science education continue to revolve around the unification of efforts. At this moment, multiple states, including Arkansas, are all implementing what they think is best. Through the work of CSTA, states can continue to be provided with guidance on best practices and lessons learned, which is increasingly necessary now that computer science is becoming a high profile initiative across the nation.