Nicpan-Brown is one of three elementary science teachers in Washington who have been selected as a state-level finalist for the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest honor bestowed on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science teachers.
In her 20 years as an educator with 17 years of service at Wenatchee School District, Nicpan-Brown has brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars of grant money and STEM opportunities on a district-wide level. Just during the 2020-21 school year, she partnered with University of Washington and University of Illinois, Code.org, Cascadia Conservation District with the Kids in the Forest, Wenatchee Arts Education Consortium, and more.
“I tell my students I have a simple job. I promise a safe learning environment for them to explore. Usually they laugh or tilt their heads and try to decide if I am telling the truth. It’s really that simple to me. I believe an educator only needs three things to provide a student a well-rounded educational experience: a positive relationship, exposure to real-world experiences, and the encouragement to be curious.”