Melissa Wrenchey

Melissa Wrenchey

Educator in a STEM learning community

Nikola Tesla STEM High School


My road in life has taken me all over.
First, I wanted to teach elementary.
Then I wanted to teach high school english.
Then I wanted to teach in a community college.
Then I made more money with mortgage companies and aerospace manufacturers.
Then I worked for a non-profit and loved it!
Then I missed kids so I went back to school.
For the last ten years I have been back in the classroom and this time I have more skills.
Now I am learning more programming.


High School
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
California State University-Long Beach
Special Education and Teaching, General
Seattle Pacific University


Educator in a STEM learning community

I facilitate student learning in computer science principles.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

We start the day with programming and learning appropriate algorithms to solve problems. We problem solve and get answers through the day. We collaborate a lot within groups and in different classes for specific projects. In other classes students are engineers and find new ways to redo projects and build more accessible items for a wider audience.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to be willing to learn and let someone else teach you something new everyday; you have to use new forms of social media to find other people to collaborate with; you should have some professional training in teaching and content delivery.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Check out lots of resources to build things and program games and above all have fun learning new tools and stretching yourself. Learn skills in working with people and resolving conflict.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Computer Science


The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"What are you going to do with a degree in reading literature?"