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Nancy PenceNancy Pence

Social Studies Teacher
Blue Valley North High School
USD 229, Overland Park

“She is the heart of Blue Valley North High School.”

Words from one of her former students aptly describe the compassion, dedication and achievement Nancy Pence has demonstrated as a teacher of Advanced Placement government and sociology classes at BVN for the past ten years.

Letters of support accompanying Nancy’s Kansas Master Teacher nomination are overflowing with praise for her devotion to not only the teaching profession, but also for her belief in diversity and tolerance.

“As a teacher, I can make a difference in overcoming the forces of prejudice,” Nancy writes. She serves on USD 229’s Diversity Committee and constantly works at cultivating student learning whether in her classroom, as a sponsor of numerous activities, or presenting on behalf of the Diversity Committee.

Colleagues and students applaud her passionate approach to the area of civic responsibility and her constant challenge to students to get involved in the political process. “Ms. Pence has been the single greatest influence in helping me work to achieve my goals, find internships, and begin my career in politics,” writes one former student.

A personal goal of Nancy’s is to involve more students in BVN’s Advanced Placement program. “I balance the rigor of AP with a message that offers a chance for students to risk academic challenge,” she says.

Evidence of her devotion to the teaching profession comes in her efforts to start a future teachers group among Blue Valley students. “It is evident that Nancy loves what she does and has committed herself to improving her own teaching skills as well as those of others,” a colleague writes.