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Alumni Awards Foundation Names Ambassador Kathryn Proffitt as Chief Executive Officer

Posted on September 25th, 2014

headshots-board-005The Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) has selected Ambassador Kathryn Linda Proffitt as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ambassador Proffitt has served on AAF’s board of directors since 2003 and received the “Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service” from the organization in 2001.

“We are pleased that Kathy has agreed to accept the role of CEO,” said Dr. Robert Summerour, AAF board chair. “She has the experience, skills and relationships necessary to lead AAF to accomplish our mission for Adventist Christian education.”

Ambassador Proffitt founded Call-America, a long distance telecommunication company headquartered in Arizona. Being among the first, she helped pioneer the competitive long distance industry. She also served as a policy advisor to the White House on telecommunication issues and represented the long distance industry before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission  (more…)

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Thomas-Laurencin Takes Whispering Pines to the Next Level as New Teaching Principal

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, SHIRLEY ANN THOMAS-LAURENCIN
Whispering Pines Seventh-day Adventist Academy | Greater New York Conference
Teaching Principal

Thomas-Laurencin2For the last five years, Whispering Pines SDA Elementary School’s enrollment had been dwindling. After completing a very competitive interview process, the school board knew that the candidate they appointed as principal would be their last hope to turn the school around.

As competitive as the process was, the choice was obvious. Shirley Ann Thomas-Laurencin was unanimously selected by the school board to become Whispering Pines’ new teaching principal because they believed she had the ability to take the school to “the next level.”

They were not disappointed. (more…)

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Fetters Uses Educational Technology to Push Teaching into the Future

Posted on July 23rd, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, ROBERT FETTERS
Richmond Academy | Potomac Conference
7-8 Science, High School Algebra, Earth Science, Chemistry

Fetters1Fetters is already a commendable teacher, yet he is constantly looking for ways to improve and perfect his teaching style and the teaching methods at his school. An advocate of innovation, Fetters was an early adopter of Richmond Academy’s (RA) Connected School, a video educational platform commonly called “Distance Learning” that delivers classroom instruction to remote locations in real time. Fetters acquired partner schools, conducted research, and trained teachers to help set up the Connected School not only because he believes it will allow students in remote locations to interact with faculty, but also because he knows it is the future of education. (more…)

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Esposito’s Dedication to Teaching Reveals Greatness in her Students

Posted on June 6th, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, CARMEN ESPOSITO
John Nevins Andrews School | Potomac Conference
Grade 1 Teacher

Esposito4The day Carmen Esposito was asked to step in and teach a cradle roll class in place of the absent Sabbath School instructors was the day she knew she was born to be a teacher. The twelve-year-old loved teaching the class so much that she began preparing lessons in advance, and it wasn’t long before she became the youngest Sabbath School teacher in the church.

When it was time for Esposito to choose a field of study, she happily announced her decision to dedicate her life to teaching—much to the disappointment of her father, the doctor, and her mother, the nurse. Esposito’s parents wanted her to follow them into the medical field, but more than that, they believed their daughter, the elementary and high school valedictorian, was too smart to be “just a teacher.” (more…)

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Hansen Uses Science to Challenge His Students for Greatness

Posted on May 28th, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, DEREK HANSEN
College View Academy | Kansas-Nebraska Conference
Science / Algebra II Teacher

Hansen1When Derek Hansen, teacher of all things science at College View Academy (CVA), realized that students hoping to enter the medical field could benefit from additional science courses, he was eager to make the realization a reality.

But there was one problem.

Hansen was willing to teach an Anatomy and Physiology class and a Microbiology class on rotating years, but there was no space in the schedule for an additional class. Instead of counting the endeavor as a lost cause, however, Hansen decided to teach the classes in the only possible time slot available: 6:50 a.m. (more…)

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Blech Unlocks Students’ Creative Potential

Posted on May 23rd, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, ANNE BLECH
Linda Vista Adventist Elementary School | Southern California Conference
Grades 1-3 Teacher

Blech2Many teachers know how to teach their material creatively, but Anne Blech’s ability to help students learn by unlocking their own creative potential is what sets her apart. She created the Museum of Living History, a walkthrough museum where every student in the school researches and dresses as their assigned historical character and delivers a one-minute speech when they are approached, and she encouraged her students to present book reports in unique ways, such as from inside a cardboard box decorated like a TV as if they were news reporters. (more…)

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Heald Strives to Make Adventist Education Worthwhile

Posted on May 20th, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, GEOFF HEALD
Lake City Junior Academy | Upper Columbia Conference
Grades 7-8 Teacher

Heald1After spending several years teaching from a textbook that was poorly-written and outdated, Geoff Heald realized the need for a change in his Northwest History class. The Lake City Junior Academy teacher devoted his summer to recreating the course, resulting in an improved curriculum that included excerpts from a college-level textbook and incorporated both written and visual primary sources. (more…)

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Peinado Personalizes Each Student’s Learning Experience

Posted on May 16th, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, MECHELLE PEINADO
Mt. Ellis Elemtary | Montana Conference
Grades 5-8 Teacher

MPeinado1Before she became a teacher, Mechelle Peinado was an attorney working with individuals who were HIV positive or had AIDS. Despite her clients’ physical ailments, however, many of them were actually suffering from issues that had infected their lives. She found that most of their problems stemmed from pain and damage dealt to them during their childhoods. When Peinado discovered that most of these individuals had no invested adult who saw beyond their behavior to turn to, she realized what she had to do.

“I knew that to change lives, I had to change careers,” Peinado said. “I now teach elementary and middle school. I am so blessed.”

As a teacher, Peinado has shown excellence through her willingness to modify the curriculum to meet the needs of each individual student.

“Seeing and knowing each student for who they are—not just who I see they can be—means I can serve that child where they are, in ways they specifically need,” Peinado said. (more…)

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Howard Enhances Learning at One-Teacher School

Posted on May 13th, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, NORMA HOWARD
Needles Seventh-day Adventist School | Southeastern California Conference
Principal and Teacher

Norma Howard1When a budget crisis threatened to close the doors of Needles Seventh-day Adventist School during a recession, Norma Howard led the small school’s students and their parents into earnest prayer and fervent fundraising. Though the money collected ultimately saved the school, no one has forgotten the prayer battle that was instrumental in determining the school’s fate—least of all Howard. Every Wednesday, she invites her students to stay after school until 6:30 p.m. for a homemade supper that she prepares and to participate in prayer meeting. This dedication to her students and the school is only part of what makes Howard an exceptional teacher. (more…)

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Buisson Uses Technology to Bring History to Life

Posted on May 6th, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, ELTICIA BUISSON
Miami Union Academy | Southeastern Conference
Social Studies Teacher

Buisson2Elticia Buisson has always been able to bring history to life using technology—whether she is in the classroom or not.

While on a music tour in Europe with the Alabama Gospel Choir, Buisson used social media to create geography scavenger hunts for her students. She posted pictures and videos of the locations she visited and encouraged the students to use the characteristics of the cities and venues as clues to determine where she was and how far she had travelled.  The assignment allowed students to see their textbooks from another vantage point and made many of them interested in travelling to experience other cultures for themselves.

“She is constantly seeking opportunities to make education exciting and meaningful both inside and outside of the classroom and to make learning practical for our students,” said Shelley Garner, vice principal of Miami Union Academy (MUA). (more…)

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