Dr. Melodie Knowlton, Head of Vertex's Learning Lab, Recognized as an American Graduate Champion


September 2017

Dr. Melodie Knowlton’s impact on Boston Public School students who participate in our STEM education programs extends far beyond what they may learn from a lab or the curriculum. Her progressive, student-centric teaching philosophy encourages students to embrace confusion, to learn how to parse out what they know and what they don’t know, and to advocate for themselves in their own learning. Melodie provides students with a safe space for failure—an important and frequent theme in her lessons. She encourages students to collaborate with peers in order to take on challenges and explore creative solutions. At the end of the day, if the students leave with just one thing, Melodie hopes it’s that they feel empowered to solve any problem they set out to tackle.

"I think it's about developing well-rounded students who can take on any challenge."

Melodie was recently recognized as an American Graduate Champion by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for her commitment to improving educational outcomes for students. This recognition celebrates the important role Melodie plays as a role model for female students and those underrepresented in STEM fields. It is through the dedication of mentors like Melodie that Vertex is helping inspire and equip students to become the next generation of scientific leaders. 

American Graduate Champion:

Dr. Melodie Knowlton