Greensboro, NC-- School is out for the summer, but a Guilford County middle school teacher is making national headlines.
Nicole Penn, a teacher at Kiser Middle in Greensboro was recognized as one of three 2013 DiscoverE Educators in the country by the National Engineers Week Foundation, according to a news release from the school system.
Penn teaches technology and leads an active after-school Technology Student Association (TSA) that helps students apply engineering concepts to real-world projects. She and some of her students also rebuild computers on Saturdays through Handy Capable Network to be given to families in need.
As a teacher, Penn said her role is not necessarily teaching students to become engineers but to help them learn problem-solving, design and decision-making skills they can use throughout their careers.
Penn and her students will travel to the national TSA competition on Orlando, FL, on June 28.
The DiscoverE Educator Awards are designed to recognize teachers who are helping their students discover and develop a passion for engineering. The winners receive $2,000, a 3M digital projector and a 3M gift pack of classroom supplies. Penn was nominated by Chris Spencer, an engineer with the City of Greensboro, who mentors the students she teaches.