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Melissa McKeown

Melissa McKeown (NC '98)


John R. Lawrence Elementary
Archdale, NC

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): K, 1, 3, 4

At the time of the Award, Melissa McKeown was:

Elon College Elementary
Elon College, NC

Subject(s) taught: Computer Science
Grade(s): 3

Biographical Information

Melissa McKeown is currently working as a Primary -1 teacher (transition class between kindergarten and first grade) at John Lawrence Elementary School in Archdale, North Carolina. Mrs. McKeown was recognized as a Milken Educator while teaching third grade. Since then she has taught in a computer lab and served as an instructional technology facilitator assisting teachers with technology integration at six different elementary schools. Mrs. McKeown has extensive experience teaching workshops and presenting at local and national conferences. She has returned to the classroom and looks forward to teaching her young students to read and sharing with them her love for books.

Personal Message

After 6 years out of the regular elementary classroom, I am returning to this environment and look forawrd to using all of the resources and skills I have learned in the past few years.

I feel strongly that teachers need career opportunities like the ones described in the TAP program through the Milken Foundation. Many educational systems, I believe, can't see the forest through the trees, so to speak. It is widely recognized that change is needed, but the act of changing is almost impossible. It is simply easier to say "but this is the way it has always been done" than to look at the big picture and explore options for improvement.

I thoroughly enjoy the dialogue that occurs through the Milken Listserve. Thank you for this service and opportunity to keep in touch with other educators around the country.

Related Connections

Milestone: Melissa McKeown (NC '98) Elected VP of NC Math Council

Additional Information


1994 University of North Carolina - Charlotte, B.A.