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Sonja McKown

Computer Science, Media Specialist

  • M.S. in Sports Science Education, United States Sports Academy
  • B.S. in Biology, University of South Carolina
  • Exploring Computer Science (ECS) Endorsement

Awards and Honors:

  • Judgement Call Robotics recipient of FIRST Robotics World Championship bid, 2016
  • Judgement Call Robotics recipient of Highest Seed Award, 2016
  • Judgement Call Robotics recipient of Rookie All-Star Award, 2016

Moderates the following activities:

  • Judgement Call Robotics Coach
Sonja McKown has been a faculty member of Judge Memorial since 2001. She currently teaches Exploring Computer Science and JAVA Programing. Additionally, she oversees the Judge Memorial Learning Commons and moderates the Judge robotics team, Judgement Call.  
Ms. McKown was a college athlete. She played volleyball and softball for University of South Carolina. If she had not pursued a career in teaching, Ms. McKown believes she would explored the field of engineering. She is particularly interested and inspired by the work of computer science pioneer and United States Navy rear admiral, Grace Hopper, who coined the phrase "bug" in programming. The story goes, that while at Harvard University, she was working on a computer. A moth managed to get stuck in the computer and prevented it from working. The term "debugging" was used since. The remains of the actual moth can be found at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. 
When Ms. McKown is not at school you may find her paddle boarding in the water, be it river, ocean, or pool.