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Wilkes University Doctor of Education Graduate Honored by White House

wiscountMelanie Wiscount ’15 recognized with Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science 

President Barack Obama has awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science to Wilkes University doctor of education graduate Melanie Wiscount. The award recognizes outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country.

Winners were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. Wiscount received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and was invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, educational events, and visits with members of the administration.

"The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our nation’s success,” Obama said. “As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge.”

Wiscount, a resident of Alexandria, Va., earned her educational leadership Ed.D. from Wilkes in 2015. Her dissertation examined the learning impact of Kinect, a responsive, gesture-based companion to Microsoft gaming consoles, on the middle-level mathematics classroom.

Wiscount said her doctor of education degree has been an integral part of her success. “Thank you to Wilkes University, the Ed.D. program, and all my professors and dissertation chair and committee for preparing me to be who I am for my students,” Wiscount said.

Rhonda M. Rabbitt, dean of the Wilkes School of Education, added, “This well-deserved honor represents Melanie’s passion for lifelong education, both for herself and her students. We’re so proud of her successes and look forward to many more to come.”

Wiscount works as the educational technology specialist at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, a new all males-of-color public high school in the District of Columbia Public Schools. A former Pennsylvania resident, Wiscount previously taught in the Pine Grove Area, Derry Township, and Palmyra Area School Districts and Bloomsburg University College of Business.
She’s pictured with John P. Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology and White House Office science and technology policy director, and Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director for education and human resources for the National Science Foundation.

Read more at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/22/president-obama-honors-outstanding-mathematics-and-science-teachers