Dr. Melanie Wiscount has 14+ years in teaching and edtech training after changing her career from business. She taught the full track of computer science and cybersecurity courses in a high school in the District of Columbia Public Schools for the past four years. Melanie is now in a new position as the educational technology instructional coach at the new all males of color Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Washington, DC. Prior to moving to DC Melanie taught business education, computer technology, and computer science courses in three Pennsylvania public school districts. As a tenure track professor at Bloomsburg University in PA, Melanie taught business education courses and served as the student teacher supervisor. She has middle school, high school, community college, and university teaching experience.
Melanie earned a doctoral degree in educational technology in 2015 and her edtech passions include STEM education, technology integration in urban education, Computer Science for All initiatives across the disciplines, Microsoft educational technologies, cell phone use for instruction and learning, and learning management system (LMS) online content, collaboration, and assessment design. Melanie has experience building authentic and relevant curriculum online instruction and assessment using Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, and itslearning LMSs and has trained teachers to do the same for their curricular content.
Since 2004 she has designed, developed, and delivered professional development face-to-face online sessions, one-day and week workshops, and online webinars with the mission to help K-12 teachers and higher education professors plan seamless and transparent technology integration with their curriculum. Melanie is also a Microsoft Certified Educator and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Melanie was selected and honored as a Microsoft Partners in Learning US and Global educator, a Siemens STEM Institute fellow, an AFCEA (Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association) DC STEM teacher of the quarter, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Fund for Teachers grant recipient, and a 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) DC awardee. She has earned Highly Effective Teaching status according to the DCPS IMPACT Teacher assessment system since she began teaching at DCPS.