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Outstanding Educator Award

Nakia Brown, Wingo Elementary School reading and science teacher, was named the 2011-2012 Challenger Learning Center at Paducahs Outstanding Educator during a surprise presentation at a Wingo Elementary school-wide assembly on Monday, April 30.

Staff from the Challenger Center recognized Brown as the centers sixth outstanding educator. During the presentation they presented Brown with a framed certificate and a $100 gift certificate for science and math supplies donated by Travis School Equipment in Draffenville. In addition the Graves County School district also receives one free mission for the 2012-2013 school year to the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah.

The Challenger Learning Center program is a comprehensive educational experience for students, Duncan said. We created this annual award to show our appreciation to the educators who help make our program so successful. We are excited to present this award to Ms. Brown.

Wingo Principal Sarah Saylor nominated Brown for this award because she takes pride in her students and school. Saylor said Brown uses the Challenger Learning Center experience to create an entire space unit.

Duncan said several nominations were received from area schools. Numerous criterions were included in the nomination forms that included shows enthusiasm for math, science and/or technology education and incorporates innovative teaching strategies into their curriculum.

The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is one in a network of over 45 centers worldwide. The concept of the Challenger Centers came from the families of the astronauts lost in the Challenger accident. The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a result of a partnership between the college and Paducah Junior College, Inc.

The Challenger Center opened on August 16, 2002, and has been flying local students to the moon, Mars and comets ever since. For more information about the center, visit