Nancy Schick is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Michigan State University and earned her master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She taught history and mathematics for over thirty-five years at public high schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Virginia, and New Mexico. For nearly twenty years, Nancy taught AP U.S. History and AP European History at Los Alamos High School. She and her husband now live in McMinnville, OR where the weather is a little different from that in New Mexico. For many years Nancy has been a College Board consultant and a reader, table leader, and exam leader at the annual AP U. S. History reading. Nancy served on the AP United States History Test Development Committee for four years.
Nancy's most treasured teaching experience has been teaching AP European History. This is a course that is so very rich in its focus, not only on political and diplomatic history, but also on art, literature, philosophy, and far more. It not only enriches, but transforms, students' lives and extends their intellectual and aesthetic boundaries far beyond the study of the rise and fall of European nations. It is both a joy and a challenge to teach.
Nancy received fellowships from Stanford University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Goethe Institute. In 2003 she was a Fulbright-Hays scholar in Southeast Asia. She was selected five times as a Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher and was the 2005 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. She has authored several study guides for teachers and students.