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GINA L.

She is now in her third year of teaching computer science at Fort Smith Southside High School. She currently teaches 4 different CS subjects: Mobile App Dev I, Mobile App Dev II, AP CS Principles, and AP CSA. Gina is so proud of how the Computer Science Dept at Southside has grown and how many more girls have become involved one of her AP CSA class periors is 50% female. Her Girls Who Code Club had 6 girls her first year at SHS (2019-20) and this year has over 25 members.There are now so many students enrolled in CS courses that Southside had to add another part-time CS teacher to help with teaching one additional course. Gina even added an additional coding club to accommodate the amount of excitement and interest. Gina is also on the Peak Technology Center planning committee for the Fort Smith School District. Peak is the innovative center for regional students to attend and take all types of technology classes including IT, robotics, network engineering, and Cyber Systems. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2022. Gina's greatest source of pride was when she won the Arkansas NCWIT Teacher Award in 2020. She truly felt so honored, validated, and empowered. Gina loves using her platform to show girls what they can accomplish when they don't feel limited by their age, gender, socio-economic status, or anything else. Don't be afraid! Just go for it!

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  • 2020 Arkansas AffiliateEducator Award Winner
  • 2022 Arkansas AffiliateEducator Award Winner
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