Cybersecurity Curriculum Guidelines (CCG)



Dr. Melissa Dark began her career in cybersecurity education as a Professor at Purdue University. She has led a number of innovative, national projects in cybersecurity education to include:

  • INSuRE is a cybersecurity research collaborative using the cybersecurity student talent pool to work on cybersecurity problems supplied by federal agencies and national labs.
  • Development of a concept inventory to diagnose learners’ misconceptions in secure programming.
  • Cyber fMRI is investigating the use of representational fluency to develop deep conceptual understanding of complex cybersecurity topics.
  • GenCyber is a program to grow the cybersecurity pipeline through summer camps across the nation for students and teachers.
  • NCCP is funding 54 grants to develop core cybersecurity curriculum to be made widely available through a curriculum/learning management system to increase the quantity and quality of cybersecurity curricula.

Melissa retired from Purdue in 2019 and is now running a non-profit company dedicated to advancing cybersecurity education in the United States.


Dr. Jenny Daugherty is an education consultant with over 15 years of experience in K-12 STEM education. Prior to becoming a consultant, Jenny was an Associate Professor at Louisiana State University and Purdue University in Colleges of Education and Technology. Jenny earned her doctoral degree in Human Resource Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she was awarded a doctoral fellowship with the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education. She was a co-Principal Investigator for the $2.9 million National Science Foundation funded Project Infuse, which researched engineering-infused science teacher professional development. Jenny has served as a site visitor for GenCyber since 2016.


Mr,. Mark Emry earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his teaching certificate was earned through South Dakota State University. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Mark has 27 years of teaching experience ranging from Middle School Language Arts and Science to his current position as a Computer Science teacher and Department Chair at Sioux Falls Washington High School. Among the courses Mark teaches are Exploring Computer Science, AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). He has served as a table leader for the reading of the AP CSP exam since its inception in 2017. Recently, Mark was awarded the 2019 NCWIT Aspirations Educator Award. In addition, Mark has designed and presented numerous professional development workshops in the region including functioning as lead facilitator for the “Expanding Pathways into Computer Science across South Dakota” workshop located at Black Hills State University. As part of the Research Experiences for Teachers grant, Mark developed a Cybersecurity curriculum which has been implemented in high schools across South Dakota. He grew his background in coding and cybersecurity while working as a software engineering lead for various contractors of the United States Geological Survey.


Dr. Dan Massey is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and Director of the Technology, Cybersecurity, and Policy Program. Prior to joining CU Boulder, he was a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he developed and managed the Cyber Physical Systems (CPSSEC) program for cybersecurity in automobiles, medical devices, building controls, and other systems that combine the cyber and physical worlds. He also developed and managed the Distributed Denial of Service Defense (DDoSD) program that includes both traditional IT environments and key telephony services such as 911 and NG911. He has more than 25 years of experience and is the author over 100 peer reviewed publications on networking and cyber security, including co-editor of the DNS Security Standard (RFCs 4033, 4034, and 4035). Dr. Massey has been collaborating with St. Vrain Valley School District teachers to introduce the CyberPatriot program and currently coaches both middle and high school teams.


Ms. Jennifer Peyrot has been in education for over 10 years. She started off as a high school social studies teacher and has been working as an instructional technology coordinator since 2012. Jennifer has played a central role in several district-wide technology-driven initiatives. The experiences and training she had while serving in the U.S. Army allowed her to recognize the impact that the cybersecurity workforce shortage can have on our national security and she started getting involved in bringing cybersecurity into the K-12 setting.  

  • GenCyber Colorado Program Director in 2018
  • GenCyber Camp participant in August 2017
  • Co-facilitator of the SVVSD Computer Science Collaborative 2017 - present
  • Co-facilitator of the SVVSD Blended Learning Collaborative 2016 - present
  • Co-organizer and instructor at SVVSD annual Tech Camp from 2015-2018.
  • Co-organizer of EdCamp Denver 2015 and EdCamp Longmont 2016.
  • Instructs teachers and school site administrators on the systematic implementation of instructional technologies. 2013 - present.
  • Classroom Teacher, High School Social Studies 2007-2012
  • Intern, National Governors Association-Homeland Security Dept., Apr.-Jul. 2004
  • Veteran of U.S. Army as a 98C, Signals Intelligence Analyst, 1997-2000

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