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About Me:
This is my thirteenth year teaching, and my fourth year at McKinley Technology High School in the District of Columbia Public Schools. During the thirteen years I have taught at the middle, high school, community college, and university levels.

I graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting and minor in mathematics & statistics. I earned my Master's degree from BU in Business Education in 2004 and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership/Educational Technology doctoral degree at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA. My PA Department of Education certifications include Business, Computer, & Information Technology K-12, Libary Science K-12, Middle Level Mathematics 7-9, Instructional Technology Specialist K-12, and English as a Second Language Specialist. I also hold teaching licenses in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Industry certification: CompTIA Security+

In November 2015, I was selected as a 2016 Microsoft Innovative Education Expert. Microsoft SWAY entry
In September 2015, I was selected to serve on DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson's Cabinet for the 2015-2016 school year.
In August 2015, I was selected as a PAEMST (Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching) DC finalist. Awardees will be announced January 2016.
In the 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and the 2014-2015 I was rated Highly-Effective in DCPS according to the requirements of the DCPS IMPACT Teaching and Learning Framework.
In 2013, I was awarded AFCEA DC STEM Teacher of the Quarter for the second quarter.

In 2011, I was to be named one of fifty Siemens STEM Institute fellows selected nationwide for the second annual 2011-2012 class in Washington, D.C. this summer.

I also had the honor to be one of 102 educators selected by Microsoft to share my History Podcast QR Code educational technology project at the 2011 Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Education Forum in Redmond, Washington, July 2011. My project was selected to represent the U.S. in the Worldwide Partners in Learning Forum in November.
In 2014, I serverd as a Master Eductator for UMBC's Computer Science department in the CS Matters in Maryland program.

My educational passion & mission: STEM education and preparing our students to be tomorrow's change makers using innovative practices with technology.

My philosophy of teaching is simple. Every student can be successful with the right attitude, motivation, and support. Add in technology, and we, as educators, speak our millennial students' language, appeal to their nature, get their attention, and empower them to be tomorrow's change makers.
Expose students to technology, they gain experience.
Through that experience, they each develop their own expertise.
Through expertise, they become confident.
With confidence, they can change the world.
Provide students with opportunities to become confident innovative changemakers.

My Curriculum Vitae

My Educational Technology Digital Portfolio

Next U.S. Secretary of Education secretary talks computer science, and college, with DC HS Students in the Washington Post, December 11, 2015- They exciting day Dr. John King spoke in my high school computer science classroom

NBC News 4 Washington, Local Teens Get Trained in Fighting Cyber Crime - Video - June 2013, my high school cybersecurity students interviewed by NBC News 4 Washington DC

My Siemens STEM Institute & Microsoft Partners in Learning Experiences

Microsoft Partners in Learning IEF Ceremony Educators Choice AwardMicrosoft Selects the Nation’s Top Educators at the U.S. Innovative Education Forum

Press Release, Harrisburg Patriot News, July 1, 2011 - Palmyra Area High School Teacher's Podcast Project Grabs National Attention

11 Educators Selected To Represent U.S. at Partners in Learning Global Forum in the t|h|e Journal, August 11, 2011

Press Release, Lebanon Daily News, July 13, 2011 - Palmyra Area High School's Podcasts Attract National Attention

Breaking the QR Code, an editorial commentary, October 4, 2011 - by Michael Hart, executive director, t|h|e Journal

Students Use QR Codes to Uncover the History Around Them, October 10, 2011, by blogger Rob Bayuk, TeachTec Microsoft Partners in Learning Blog

12 educators to represent the U.S. at the Partners in Learning Global Forum, November 7, 2011, by blogger Rob Bayuk, TeachTec Microsoft Partners in Learning Blog

Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Educator Forum Spotlight by Microsoft

Palmyra Looks to Upgrade Website, April 4, 2012 by Chris Sholly, reporter, Lebanon Daily News county newspaper

Guest Blog Posts

"Computer Programming for All Students", First Guest Blog Posting on the Siemens STEM Academy Blog, February 9, 2012

"QR Codes in the STEM Classroom", Second Guest Blog Posting on the Siemens STEM Academy Blog, April 4, 2012

"21st Century Skills a Must-do in the 21st Century Classroom", Guest Blog Posting on the Microsoft Partners in Learning TeachTec Blog, April 4, 2012

Master Educator in CS Matters in Maryland, 2014, UMBC, an Honors University in MD


McKinley Memo, Volume #6 Issue 15


My Schedule (Advisory 1 & 2 - 2015-2016):

Period Course Period Course
A1 Computer Science Principles B1 Cybersecurity
A2 Exploring Computer Science B2 Cybersecurity
A3 Planning Period B3 Planning Period
A4 Exploring Computer Science B4 Video Game Design


My 10-10-10 Experience - Diving 10K feet at 10 a.m.!


Technology...it's all around us... - over 92,000 views on Slideshare.net

My other slideshare presentations (39).


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Contact Me:

Melanie Wiscount
Information Technology Teacher and Educational Technology Trainer
McKinley Technology High School
151 T Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

phone Phone: 570.640.3756
email Email: melanie.wiscount@dc.gov

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