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K-12 Influencers: Melissa Wrenchey

“Right now, there’s a young woman out there wondering if computer science is the field for her. Make sure she hears your story. Let her see you out there doing great things in your own unique style.” – Melinda Gates

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I work in a collaborative, STEM high school and collectively teams across our school are doing outreach and asking questions about the efficacious use of technology to change our future. Global Climate Change, ethical research and inclusion are some of the issues we address.

What # would define your life journey?
#inclusive #CSforAll and #makered are usual tags I use because all of these things are changing education

Favorite website / app:
Edutopia often has inspiring articles which I translate into “how can I do this in my classroom?” Microsoft has a movement: #inclusive and it inspires me often. Additionally #CSforAll and #makered are usual tags I use

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
My mentor from college has been talking about social justice for years. IT is exciting to think that education can be the catalyst to bring more people to the board room or the design thinking lab and their voices can be heard.

Song that makes you want to dance:
“claire de lune” is always hopeful, for a brighter future

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
A technical challenge for me is to adapt my teaching practices to be reflective of current and relevant Computer Science standards. The content and courses I taught even 8 years ago is not relevant.

Ideal Job:
I am working in my ideal job. I get to work with students who ask questions of their learning and inspire me to engage them in more rigorous research. We are preparing to go out into the community and do more outreach so that even more people get access to innovation.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Use your voice to make choices, to lead and be confident as people need for your ideas to come to the table.

Check out Melissa’s blog: wrenchey.wordpress.com

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