Melissa Morgenlander received her PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in May of 2010. Her career began in educational television production working on programs such as Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (PBS), The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (Jim Henson Productions), and Blues Clues (Nickelodeon). She went on to teach fifth grade in Chelsea, Massachusetts before beginning her doctoral studies at Columbia. Over the years, Melissa has interviewed hundreds of kids as a freelance researcher for TV shows such as Sesame Street, Cyberchase, Little Einsteins, Pinky Dinky Doo, Barney, and Word World. Most recently, Melissa served as the Research Manager for the Institute of Play.
While she’s interested in incorporating technology into all school subjects, Melissa’s content expertise is math learning. She was a key researcher and workshop presenter for the landmark “Big Math for Little Kids”, an innovative preschool math curriculum. In addition, she was the Curriculum Developer for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (a Playhouse Disney show that focuses on math), and as a Math Content Consultant for Scholastic Magazine Group.
Melissa holds a BA in American Culture from Vassar College and MA in Educational Communication and Technology from NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and preschool twins, who constantly fight over her iphone.
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