Melanie E. Hocking

Indian Creek High School
Wintersville, Ohio
Total years as a classroom teacher: 29

“I strive to make science challenging, interactive and fun and to
seek excellence in all my students, not just a talented few. I did not
choose teaching, it captivated me.” – Melanie Hocking

Melanie describes personal and professional success as integrity,
industry, intellectual discipline, and imagination. Yet, her students’
academic and personal successes serve as her most important measures of
success.

She strives to make science challenging, interactive, and fun, and to seek excellence in all her students.

“The most important quality is the professionalism that Ms. Hocking
brings to the classroom. The art of making science meaningful and
challengine, as well as, enjoyable is something that escapes many
teachers. Students in science at Indian Creek High School are truly
fortunate to have someone of Malanie Hocking’s ability as their
instructor.” –John Craig, Principal, Indian Creek High School

“Ms. Hocking has a way of making every student strive to be better
than they thought they could be.” — Brandon Lash, Former student

Education

1986-87

Master of Laws, University of Virginia School of Law

1982-86

Juris Doctor, Duquesne University School of Law

1975-76

M.S. in Educational Counseling, University of Dayton

1974

Ohio Secondary Teacher Certification, Marietta College

1969-73

B.S. in Chemistry and Biology, Marietta College

Teaching Experience

1975- present

Grades 9-12, Chemistry and Biological Sciences, Indian Creek School District, Wintersville, OH

Special Recognition

2003 – Present

Phi Kappa Delta Member

2001-04

Harvard Institute for School Improvement “Leadership and Teaching for High Standards” Participant

2002

USA Today All-USA First Team Teacher Team

2002

Harvard Change Leadership Group Siminar “Leading, Learning, and Teaming for Student Success” participant

2001

USA Today All-USA Teacher Team Honorable Mention

2001 – Present

Pi Lambda Theta Member

2000-02

Governor Taft’s Teacher Advisory Board Member

2000 – Present

American Mensa, Ltd. Member

1999

National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent and Young Adulthood Science Outstanding Americans

1999

Outstanding Americans

1998

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Ohio Secondary Science Finalist

1998

National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, Ohio’s Distinguished Educator Panel Mamber

1997-98

Teacher Representative on the Advisory Panel for the Ohio Department of Education Public School Operational Efficiency Study

1996-98

Teacher Representative on the Ohio Department of Education Ed Flex Panel

1998, 95

Kappa Delta Pi Member and Regional Convocation Speaker

1994-98

Ashland Oil Golden Apple Achiever Awards

1997

Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program (Japan), Inaugural Participant

1997

Scholastic, Inc.’s Exemplary Teacher Computer Network

1996

Outstanding Science Educator, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, PA

1996

Ohio Department of Education PRAXIS Evaluation Committee Member

1995 – Present

Ohio Department of Education Teacher Scholar

1995

Milken Family Foundation National Educator

1995

National Science Educators’ Workshop Honoree, Ohio Chapter of the American Vacuum Society

1995

Ohio Teacher of the Year

1995

Indian Creek High School Hall of Fame

1994

Citizen of the Year, Wintersville, OH

1993

Who’s Who in American Education

1990 – Present

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

1989 – Present

Indian Creek Scholars Teacher Recognition Awards

1989 – 90

Tandy Technology Scholars Outstanding Teacher Award

1985 – 86

Who’s Who Among America’s Law Students