I am deeply honored to receive the Presidential Award. This award not only recognizes excellence in a given discipline, but focuses on the commitment to ensure that all children have access to the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. It fulfills the promises expressed by the President’s Computer Science for All message. By selecting a computer science teacher, you are encouraging CS teachers across the U.S. and are supporting them in opening new doors and opportunities for their students.
Daniel Moix has served as a Computer Science Education Specialist at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and Arts for the past year where he also taught Computer Science for nearly eight years to 11th–12th grade students. He previously taught Mobile Application Development at Bryant High School.
As a specialist, Daniel designs lessons, provides professional development, and connects with students across the state through the Coding Arkansas’ Future initiative. Last year, he mentored teachers starting computer science programs in 16 Arkansas districts.
Coding even when coding wasn’t cool, his senior yearbook prediction was, “Danny Moix will spend the rest of his life writing meaningless calculator programs.” Leveraging the passion students have for mobile devices, he empowered hundreds of students to “go behind the screens,” and create their own apps last year.
Daniel was the high school grade level Lead Writer for the Computer Science Teachers Association 2016 K–12 Computer Science Standards, an author of the Framework for K–12 Computer Science Education, and contributor to many Arkansas computer science standards. He has presented at national and international conferences.
Daniel earned a B.S. in computer science from Henderson State University and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Arkansas State University. He is a certified business teacher with a computer science endorsement.