Stotz Shows Compassion and Commitment to her Students

Posted on June 14th, 2013

2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, TANYA STOTZ
San Fernando Valley Academy  | Southern California Conference
First and Second Grade

Tanya Stotz_1Walking into Tanya Stotz’s classroom will reveal thought provoking activities. One would witness hands on activities from investigating measurement estimation to the stages of the caterpillar to butterfly transformation. She enjoys exposing her students to new methods that will enhance their learning and always uses something in addition to the textbook to teach her students, giving them a solid educational foundation.

“In addition to her teaching prowess, Stotz’s compassion and commitment to her students is second to none,” said David Branum, principal at San Fernando Valley Academy (SFVA).

One of the most significant teaching experiences is her yearly butterfly experience. She purchases 250 larvae and brings them to school, so the students can experience the entire metamorphosis of the butterfly within their classroom.

“I have been impressed with her resourcefulness,” says Sharon Hairston, a fifth and sixth grade teacher of SFVA. “She has knowledge and a plethora of unique methods that most people seek after.”

Stotz is a dedicated first and second grade teacher who works untiringly to present outstanding lessons in such unique ways that the students and colleagues are spell bound. She is committed to excellence and has expected nothing less from her students.

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“My desire for every young child to experience love and support at an early age drove me to become a primary teacher,” Stotz said. “And my desire to lead each child into a personal relationship with Christ drove me to become a teacher at an Adventist school.”

Branum further describes Stotz as a “Master Teacher,” a definition he does not use to describe every teacher. Many of her former students would agree, testifying to her excellence, compassion, and commitment to their education.

“I want to impact the lives of my students,” Stotz adds. “Our goal is to make a difference in this world.”

Tanya Stotz’s award ceremony was on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at San Fernando Valley Acdemy.

Alumni Awards Foundation board chairman, Robert Summerour, presented the award to Tanya Stotz.

Tanya’s award was sponsored by Loma Linda UniversityAAF would like to thank Loma Linda University for partnering in this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

See where else this teacher has been published in local and district-wide media here

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