Program Manager, Science & Technology Education Initiatives
Academic Affairs

Melani Loney

Suite 406 Research Park I
Norfolk, 23529

Melani Loney holds BS degrees in Biology and Education and a MS degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University. In addition, Ms. Loney holds an EdS from the University of Virginia in K-12 Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Integrative STEM Education from Virginia Tech. Ms. Loney’s work experience includes thirteen years as a science teacher and eleven years as a Secondary Science Coordinator at Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Ms. Loney’s areas of expertise include science education, Integrative STEM education, teacher professional development, curriculum design, assessment design, Argument Driven Inquiry, problem-based learning, project-based learning, and lab safety.

Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision, University of Virginia, (2006)

Post Graduate Professional License
Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
Date Obtained: 2015-05-01

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Loney, M. A. and Webster, H. "Technical Support York County School Division STEM" $120,000. Local. October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2022
Garner, J. K., Loney, M. A. and Chappell Moots, S. "Improving High School STEM Education in Physics " $749,994. Federal. May 16, 2018 - July 31, 2021
Loney, M. A. "Learning Inquiry Chesapeake Bay Enhancing Nature in Science Education" $4,912. State. May 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Garner, J. K. and Loney, M. A. "Building Bridges across the Elementary Curriculum" $282,375. State. March 1, 2015 - September 30, 2018
Loney, M. A., Garner, J. K. and Perry, T. "Knowledge Through Experience For Youth In Science Keys" $391,612. Higher Education. March 1, 2015 - September 30, 2018
Loney, M. A. "Computational Thinking in the Middle School Classrom" $12,832. State. August 21, 2017 - April 30, 2018
Loney, M. A. "Argument Driven Inquiry Professional Development" $14,000. Local. February 1, 2017 - June 22, 2017
Loney, M. A. "SAIL: Scientific Argumentation and Inquiry for Learning" $6,000. Local. October 1, 2015 - August 15, 2016


K-12 Science Education
Teacher Professional Development
Curriculum Design
Technology-based Instructional Strategies
Problem-based Learning
Project-based Learning
STEM Education


Garner, J. K., Loney, M. A. and Sampson, V. (2018). Teaching science through argumentation: an outline for Virginia science teachers. Journal of Virginia Science Education 11 (1) , pp. 3-25.
Garner, J. K. and Loney, M. A. (2016). Integrating federal, state, and local mandates for the benefit of teachers’ professional learning.. Virginia Mathematics Teacher 43 (1) , pp. 53-57.
Grant, L., Garner, J. K. and Loney, M. A. (2012). Measuring student growth in the secondary sciences. Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation 16 (1) , pp. 11.
  • 2019: Programs the Work, Virginia Math and Science Coalition