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Nancy Penchev

Nancy Penchev is an innovation lab teacher and instructional technology coordinator. She has taught ECE-5th grade and currently teaches K-5th grade social studies lab, where kids do STEM-based project-based learning. Penchev founded Girls Building STEAM and is a local award winner for the National Council for Women in Information Technology, plus she received a 2019 honorable mention for the STEM Excellence award from ISTE. Check out Penchev’s website for more resources and follow her on Twitter @penchevable.

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