Camille McCue, PhD
Director of Technology Innovations, Adelson Educational Campus
With childhood activities that included tinkering with her Apple II+ computer, competing in weekend math contests, and conducting science fair research, Camille McCue, PhD, developed an early love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
At the University of Texas at Austin, she earned a BA in mathematics and served as a physics research fellow, programming nonlinear fluid flow simulations and working in a fabrication lab.
Dr. McCue began her career at IBM, marketing personal computers and managing the national MicroAge printer contract. She then earned an MA in curriculum and instruction and taught math and physics to rural youth via satellite, as well as served as a founding teacher in the Lone Star to Big Sky credit recovery program for children of migrant farm workers. For the next twelve years, Dr. McCue produced and anchored live television programming for NASA-TV and PBS, connecting kids with experts including orbiting astronauts, roboticists, and Antarctic penguin researchers. Her "International Space Station-Chat" was honored with a PBS National NETA award for Best ITV program.
Upon moving to Las Vegas, Dr. McCue joined the new UNLV Distance Learning team and taught technology integration courses in the College of Education. She then became the Ready to Learn coordinator for Vegas PBS, providing community outreach in children's literacy and media literacy to Title I schools throughout Southern Nevada. She was awarded a TV Manager of the Year EMA for her work, as well as several local EMAs for her television productions and websites. From 2005-2015, Dr. McCue developed and taught STEM electives in engineering, enriched math, and computer science at The Alexander Dawson School. She coached student teams to national awards in Math Olympiads and Future Cities, and she was recognized as the 2009 Future Cities Teacher of the Year.
During this time, Dr. McCue wrote and reviewed STEM curriculum for national audiences while serving in the Illuminations Writing Group and on the Mathematics in the Middle School editorial panel for NCTM. Dr. McCue completed her PhD in curriculum and instruction at UNLV (2011), writing her dissertation on learning math through student-designed video games. She also earned a Computer Science Education Certificate, executing her capstone on crafting a cybersecurity curriculum. Dr. McCue presents frequently at STEM conferences and publishes on a variety of subjects, including writing ...for Dummies books such as Coding for Kids and Getting Started with Engineering. From 2012-2015, she served as Founding Director for Dawson College Bound, a program mentoring youth towards academic success, and recognized by Clark County School Board as an Outstanding Community Partnership program.
As Director of Curriculum Innovations for the Adelson Educational Campus (AEC) in Las Vegas, Dr. McCue proposed, gained board approval and funding for, and implemented a multimillion dollar educational technology plan including the creation of a 5000 square feet, state-of-the-art Startup Incubator (startupincubator.site). As part of the “Adelson STEAM Team,” Dr. McCue creates and teaches a progressive coding, maker, and design curriculum for K-12 students – she especially enjoys instructing AP Computer Science and Systems Thinking. Dr. McCue is currently collaborating with colleagues to develop and roll out an innovative new schoolwide curriculum emphasizing project-based learning and authentic student engagement.
Dr. McCue was recently awarded the Tech Exec Lifetime Achievement award from VEGAS, Inc. and Cox Business. Her ninth ...for Dummies technology book – this one guiding parents and teachers in helping kids learn computer programming – is due out in April 2018. During the summer she serves as the Curriculum Director for Spark Skill (sparkskill.com), an education startup providing cutting-edge STEM summer camps in programming, 3D printing, drone development, animation, cybersecurity, and IoT prototyping for tweens and teens. Dr. McCue is an active voice for evolution of the education system, blogging about this critical theme at camillemccue.com. She also serves on the Lt. Governor’s Task Force for Entrepreneurship and the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada STEAM committee.