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Chief of Computer Education selected

Kelly Griffin is Arkansas’ new Director of Computer Science Education, replacing Anthony Owen, who resigned from his post at the Arkansas Department of Education this summer to become Senior Director of State Government Affairs for

Griffin, a licensed educator, previously served as the senior informatics specialist on the agency’s informatics team, a position she has held since 2016. In that capacity, she served on the governor’s cybersecurity task force and helped revise the state’s computer science standards, participated in the governor’s programming tours of schools, and helped develop a computer science toolkit that was distributed statewide.

She began her career in education as an administrative assistant before becoming a teacher.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson has worked throughout his tenure as governor to expand computer science education. In 2015, the year he took office, he signed legislation requiring all public high schools to offer computer science—the first state to do so.

Now, starting in the ninth grade of this school year, every student must earn one credit in a computer science or high school computer science course for graduation. Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, every public high school must have at least one high school teacher certified in computer science.

City Year is looking for student coaches

City Year Little Rock is seeking Student Success Coaches to work in the Little Rock School District.

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Through September 27, City Year Little Rock, a non-profit organization affiliated with AmeriCorps, is accepting applications and nominations for mid-year AmeriCorps members.

If selected, the individuals will begin their ministry on October 17th.

“City Year Little Rock delivers proven results for Central Arkansas students and AmeriCorps members,” said Jennifer Cobb, senior vice president and executive director.

“Throughout their ministry, these young adults acquire in-demand skills, from effective communication to time management, that are essential to the future success of the workforce,” said Cobb.

As AmeriCorps members, student success coaches receive a bi-weekly stipend, health insurance, an education award, access to scholarships and more than 200 hours of professional development.

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For more information on applying or nominating for City Year Little Rock from October 2022 to June 2023, please visit

Baroni goes to the resource center

Luanne Baroni, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Communications for LISA Academy’s charter school system, has accepted a new position at the Arkansas Public School Resource Center.

According to Christina Fowler, the center’s communications director, Baroni is the center’s new director of charter development.

Baroni replaces Joanna Lever, who is now vice president of education at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.

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