October 21, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Legislative Liaison/PIO
(505) 827-7803 or 988-0582 pager
rwilliams@ped.state.nm.us

Los Alamos Teacher, Nancy Schick,
Named 2005 New Mexico 'Teacher of the Year'

(Albuquerque, NM)--Nancy Schick, a social studies teacher who has taught for 17 years at Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, was named the 2005 New Mexico "Teacher of the Year" at an awards banquet on October 20. "I am committed to providing expanded opportunities for teachers in our district, in New Mexico and across the country," she said.

Named as first runner up was Connie Lyn Lewis Cox from Clovis and as second runner up was Joelyn Pafford of Raton.

Ms. Schick, a teacher for 35 years, teaches many of the Advanced Placement (AP) social studies courses at Los Alamos High and has received Fulbright Awards to study in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. She was recognized in 2002 by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars for being the most influential teacher for one of her students who was chosen as a Presidential Scholar.

“Congratulations to all the winners. Each day they make possible a lifetime of learning and discovery for their students. Nancy will be a wonderful ambassador for New Mexico. She is knowledgeable, committed, dedicated and caring and truly represents New Mexico teaching at its best,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García.

One of Ms. Schick’s students said, “Ms. Schick contributes to a positive learning environment and to educational excellence through her positive attitude about learning. Laziness is not in her vocabulary, nor is apathy.”

A graduate of Michigan State University, Ms. Schick has presented at numerous national AP conferences.

Ms. Cox is the district winner from Clovis Municipal Schools, where she teaches reading and writing to students in kindergarten to grade 6 at Bella Vista Elementary. Ms. Pafford is the district winner from the Raton Public Schools and teaches most grades at Kearny Elementary.

Five finalists were considered for the award. They are among 13 district teachers of the year named in New Mexico for 2004.

The New Mexico “Teacher of the Year” recognition is part of the National “Teacher of the Year” Program and is co-sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers, PNM and Scholastic, Inc.

As New Mexico’s “Teacher of the Year,” Ms. Schick will receive cash awards, travel to Dallas in January 2005 to represent New Mexico at the National “Teacher of the Year” conference and speak statewide. She will be entered in the National “Teacher of the Year” competition. The National “Teacher of the Year” will be announced and honored in Washington, D.C. in April 2005.