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I empower adolescent learners and adult professionals to drive measurable learning growth and desired performance outcomes in the development of digital literacy competencies required of the 21st-century workplace to include blockchain technology education and consulting.



A. Years at Utica Community Schools: 17 years

B. Courses Taught at Utica Community Schools: Special Education English Language Arts

C. Course/Curriculum/Program Development: Google Applications Professional Development  - Kel Tech Industries



A. Chapters Published


1. Barbour, M. K., Siko, J., Gross, E., & Waddell, K. (2013). Virtually Unprepared: Examining the Preparation of K-12 Online Teachers. In R. Hartshorne, T. Heafner, & T. Petty (Eds.), Teacher Education Programs and Online Learning Tools: Innovations in Teacher Preparation (pp. 60-81). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-1906-7.ch004

2. Tracey, M. W., Unger, K. & Wadell, K.  (2013) Using digital communication tools and processes to model effective instruction. In T. Plomp, & N. Nieveen (Eds.), Educational design research – Part B: Illustrative cases (pp. 1013-1035). Enschede, the Netherlands: SLO

B. Papers Presented 

Refereed National/International: 

1. Tracey, M.W., Unger, K. L., and Waddell, K.J. (2011). Using Google Applications to Teach Educators and Instructional Designers to Access, Modify and Create an Open Course. Proposal submitted for the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Jacksonville, FL.

2. Waddell, K.J., and Wade, N.N. (2012). Modeling Effective Instruction to Educators and Instructional Designers through Google Applications to Support Learning. Proposal submitted for the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Louisville, KY.

C. Invited Seminars Presented

1. Michigan Association for Educational Communications and Technology Meeting

Topic: 2010 AECT Conference Rewind

Date: October 2010 

2. Michigan Association for Educational Communications and Technology Meeting

Topic: Just Google It? The World of Google beyond the search engine!

Date: November 2011


Utica Community Schools

A. Administrative Appointments

  • Technology Committee, 2013-2015
  • Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) Planning Committee, 2013-2015
  • Adlai Stevenson High School - Special Services Teacher Consultant, Sept., 2012-June 2013

B. Committee Assignments

School Committee Membership

  • Adlai Stevenson High - School Improvement Team Committee, 2013-2015
  • Graebner Elementary School Technology Committee: Citizens for Education Project, 2008-2009 

School Committee Chaired

  • Co-chaired the Graebner Elementary School Technology Committee: Citizens for Education Project , 2008-2009

C. Officer/Board Membership within Professional Organizations

 Golden Key International Honour Society: Wayne State University Chapter 

  • Co-Advisor: Elected - 2015 to present
  • Webmaster: Elected – 2014 to present

Michigan Chapter of the AECT (Michigan Association for Educational Communications and Technology)

  • Board Member-at-Large Communications: Elected – 2011-2013
  • MCWT (Michigan Council of Women in Technology) Membership Committee Member: 2010-2013

D. Other Professionally Related Service

  • Treasurer: Westminister Homeowner Association, January 2017 - present
  • Member and Social Media Designer: GEO Education Task Force, Human Dignity Dept. of Embassy Covenant Church International, 2013 - 2016
  • Member: Membership Committee – eLearning Initiatives - Michigan Council of Women in Technology, 2010 - 2014
  • Member and Social Media Designer: Wayne State University College of Education Student Ambassadors, 2012 – 2014
  • Instructional Designer: National Science Foundation CyberLearning Design-based Research Project:  CyberLearning with the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, July 2013
  • Volunteer: Michigan Council of Women in Technology Girls Technology Camp Infinity (outreach), July 2011
  • Volunteer Resume Writing Counselor: WSU IT on Tap Learning Community, 2011


  • 2016 Golden Key Advisor Professional Development Grant
  • 2013-14 College of Education WSU Outstanding Instructional Technology Education Specialist Student Award
  • 2013-14 Wayne State University College of Education SEMTECH Scholarship
  • 2012-13 Michigan Council of Women in Technology Research Grant
  • 2012-13 Wayne State University College of Education Dean’s Scholarship


Aug 2004Present

Special Services Teacher

  • Adapt instructional content or delivery methods for different levels or types of learners—adolescents or adults; special needs; or learning disabilities.
  • Analyze performance data to determine effectiveness of instructional systems, courses, or instructional materials and learner progress.
  • Research and evaluate emerging instructional technologies or methods.
  • Serve as the primary leader for the technology initiatives
  • Design learning products, including web-based aids or electronic performance support systems.
  • Present and make recommendations regarding course design, technology, and instruction delivery options.
  • Proven track record of teaching educators how to use ICTs tools and how to integrate technology for teaching and learning.
  • Piloted NWEA, MEAP Online Version, Smarter Balance and M-Step assessments; and NoRedInk adaptive  Grammar & Writing website
  • Effectively allocate and manage resources to support strategic priorities and initiatives
  • Provide leadership in the purchase and acquisition of new technology and equipment. Consults with appropriate stakeholders to coordinate, evaluate, and recommend and purchase new technology and equipment.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with parent, community and staff on various organization-­wide, and Technology Advisory Committees.
Mar 2016Present

Learning Designer and Technology Integration Consultant

Waddell Instructional Design and Training, LLC
  • Delivers personalized instructional support to learners and organizations involved in education and workforce development.
  • Designs and facilitates learning experiences to develop digital literacy competencies required of the middle-skilled workforce.
  • Creates transformative teaching & learning  experiences round targeted goals and desired outcomes leveraging the client's existing technology
Aug 2018Mar 2021

Executive Director

The Center for Blockchain Studies
  • Ensures all BCI team members are thoroughly trained on all aspects of blockchain consulting
  • Creates training programs based on BCI consultant skill gaps
  • Manages project alignment to CBS expectations, criteria, goals, and vision
  • Manages maximum resource utilization within the approved budget
  • Cultivates a collaborative working environment
  • Collaborates with officers to develop the CBS strategic plan
  • Coordinates course and training schedule among CBS teams
  • Processes final implementation of finished team products to learning management system
  • Builds strategic partnerships to forward CBS goals, vision, and mission
Sep 2013Sep 2015

K-12 Instructional Technology Consultant

Utica Community Schools

Special Education Teacher on Special Assignment

  • Provided hands-on technology integration support with teaching staff
  • Recommended active learning strategies that addressed diverse learning styles and abilities
  • Designed and produced instructional screencast tutorials and related tip sheets of tech resources
  • Designed, developed, and delivered workshops to faculty and staff in the use of instructional technologies and best practices
  • Researched and introduced innovative trends and best practices in the use of instructional resources and technologies in several tech committees
Sep 2012Jun 2013



I administered and monitored systems of compliance for departmental special education programs; Monitored progress to ensure appropriate steps are taken towards compliance by maintaining records and preparing reports and correspondence related to the work.

Mar 2004Jun 2009

Certified Contractual Staff Teacher

  • Facilitated one-on-one instruction to assist students in mastering fundamental skills and study techniques and to promote a positive attitude and self assurance for lifelong learning success.
Aug 2000May 2001

Specific Learning Disabilities Resource Teacher

Sep 1998Feb 2000

Special Education Teacher

Apr 1997Jun 1998

Special Education Teacher

Aug 1996Aug 1997


Sep 1993Jun 1996

Emergency Substitute in a Regular Position



Apr 20112015

Doctor of Philosophy - Instructional Technology

Wayne State University
Jan 2009Aug 2013

Education Specialist Certificate - Instructional Technology

Wayne State University
Sep 2009May 2011

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching

Wayne State University
Sep 1993May 1997

Master of Arts - Special Education

University of Detroit Mercy
Jun 1985Dec 1989

Baccalaureate of Science - Sales & Marketing

Wayne State University


Nicole Lewis, Business Development Consultant , Nicole Lewis & Associates

Dr. Waddell's approach is unique. She's not just a trainer -she's a coach. She focused on helping me to leverage the right technology, to improve my productivity as a new entrepreneur. While I understood most of the basics, I knew that I wasn't highly efficient with my use of technology. In our initial discovery session, she took the time to listen to my concerns and then asked some tough questions that helped me realize what I really needed. Kecia was professional, patient, persistent, easy to work with, a great communicator and like a true coach - she made me do the work! I highly recommend Dr. Waddell for new entrepreneurs like myself - working with her to increase my efficiency was a good investment that has already produced significant returns.

Christina Chateauvert, Ph.D.,  Design Thinker Learning Lead, Ford Motor Company

I truly enjoyed watching Dr. Kecia Waddell present on The Professional ePortfolio during the Advanced Instructional Design class at Wayne State in Winter 2019 semester. As part of the Learning Design and Technology graduate program, students are required to create an ePortfolio. For some students, this is an easy task. For others, it can be overwhelming. Dr. Waddell did a great job at meeting students where they were by providing different ways to approach their portfolio development from various skill levels. We sought out Dr. Waddell to speak to the students because of her forward-thinking mindset in the world of technology. She is also very passionate about helping others with their digital literacy. She not only shared best practices with students but kept them engaged throughout the entire session. She does an exceptional job herself in modeling what she presents. She utilizes various portfolio applications and social media opportunities to build a solid network of valuable connections. This expertise was evident during her presentation. Dr. Waddell’s presentation reminded me that we can utilize technology effectively to showcase our work and tell the compelling story of who we are as designers. Thank you for taking the time to visit the program. It was great seeing you again!

Annette Christiansen, Teacher at Utica Community Schools

"Kecia is a valued member of not only our department but our district. She is our go-to person for all things technology and her innovation and ability to find and master teacher- and student-friendly technology has helped our students stay engaged and achieve. Kecia is student-centered and a consummate professional. Her willingness to go above and beyond for students and colleagues helps make her an indispensable asset. I believe her work in the classroom and with special services students, in particular, is one of the reasons Stevenson was successful in being removed from Focus-school status. Dr. Waddell is a knowledgeable and hard-working professional who gets results." 

Rosie Chapman, School Social Worker, Motivational Speaker, Psychotherapist, Storyteller, Art Therapist, Performing Artist, Photographer

"Dr. Waddell is a dedicated, creative, committed educator who does what is best for students and staff by developing useful user friendly technology applications. I highly recommend anyone in the field of education to seek her expertise in the field of educational technology."

Cynthia Rogers, Leadership Sales Professional

"Dr. Waddell is a phenomenal creative Instructional Leader. I attended a session with her last week and have gained Useful, Fun, eLearning resources that can be used in the Classroom and for Business Marketing, as well. Her enthusiasm kept me engaged and I can hardly wait to put strategies learned into Action. Kecia, Thank You...You are the Best!"

Kelly Unger, PhD

"Kecia designed the instruction for a 6-hour professional development workshop for teachers on Google Applications for my consulting company, Kel Tech Industries. I gave her the basic information and she hit the ground running with the design of the instruction and the instructional materials.She completed all projects prior to the designated timelines, and designed an instructional workshop that I was able to deliver with ease."


Mar 2019Present

Certified Blockchain Consultant

Government Blockchain Association (GBA)
Mar 2018Present

Certified Blockchain Expert Certification ~ License 11348158

Blockchain Council
Feb 2011Jun 2021

Professional Education Certificate Renewal - Secondary

Michigan Department of Education
Subject / Grade Level



Growth Mindset
Complex problem-solving
Hybrid Learning
Servant Leadership
Action Research
Advanced working knowledge of various elearning authoring tools

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