RSD Teacher Named Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year

Russellville High School Computer Science Teacher, Mr. Ethan Hodge, was named the 2023 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year on Saturday, April 29th at the Arkansas State Coding Competition.  Mr. Hodge will be receiving $15,000 from the Arkansas Department of Education in recognition of this award. As one of five finalists in the state, this is a great honor. 

The selection process is through the Arkansas Department of Education in which applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to Computer Science education in their school and community. Applicants submit information on their career history, letters of recommendation, a series of reflection questions, and a video lesson demonstrating their strengths in the classroom. 

“I believe my students should be able to break down complex problems, develop solutions, and be collaborative participants in a technology rich society. These skills are the primary focus of Computer Science Education and can serve students in all aspects of life, regardless of the direction they choose. This is why I believe in Computer Science education.”

Mr. Hodge has served in RSD for nine years. Currently, Mr. Hodge teaches computer science at the Russellville High School and serves as a Robotics coach where he has led the students to five State Champion titles. In 2022, Mr. Hodge was named the Russellville High School Teacher of the year. 

“There are many great Computer Science educators in Arkansas.  Earning this title is a tremendous honor and it feels good to know that the work I’ve done matters.  I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful community that supports its school, an excellent group of educators at RHS, and to have such awesome students!”

Congratulations Mr. Hodge and thank you for all you do!