First Name

Karma

Last Name

Turner

Bio

Karma Turner is a Computer Science educator at Lake Hamilton School in Pearcy, Arkansas. Prior to teaching computer science, she taught mathematics for twenty-one years. Currently Karma teaches Computer Science Levels 1-4, AP Computer Science A, and an Independent Study Computer Science course enhanced with Entrepreneurship. Karma has spent many hours over the last 3 years attending workshops and training sessions to learn to facilitate computer science in her classroom. In addition, she has actively sought out and found wonderful mentors and colleagues in the computer science field. After joining the exciting world of computer science, Karma quickly became a leader in her field. She served on the Computer Science Standards Committee and helped develop the new Computer Science Standards for the State of Arkansas. Karma also serves as a lead learner for #CodingARfuture program, therefore furthering her impact in computer science by helping other teachers become computer science educators. Karma has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Mathematics, and her Master’s degree is in technology. She has also earned a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement, her National Board Certification, and a license to teach computer science. Karma is a member of Computer Science Teachers Association, Arkansas Computer Science Teachers Association, National Education Association, AR Education Association, and Lake Hamilton Education Association. Making the change from teaching 9th grade math for 21 years to teaching 9-12 computer science has given Karma the opportunity to work with the same students over consecutive years; therefore, she can really get to know her students and form relationships with them. As a result, Karma is able to support and inspire her students along their educational journey. She truly loves watching her students grow and become the best individuals they can be through her guidance, support, and their own individual accomplishments.