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Esposito’s Dedication to Teaching Reveals Greatness in her Students

Posted on June 6th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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AAF Board Visits Madison Academy in Nashville, TN

Posted on May 2nd, 2014

aaf-april-meetings-166On April 7-8, the Alumni Awards Foundation(AAF) Board of Directors held a semi-annual meeting at the Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., home of Madison Academy(MA). Recently, it was decided to host board meetings near one of the Renaissance Network schools to encourage networking between the board members and the faculty and staff at the schools. Last May the board meeting was held in Scottsdale, AZ. Read more about the meeting here.

One way the AAF board got acquainted with the faculty and staff of MA was by hosting a reception in their honor. They joined the AAF board at the Union Station Hotel for refreshments, games, stories and celebration. It was exciting to see everyone come together and be inspired by the great things being done at MA. (more…)

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A Great Pioneer for Adventist Education Passes

Posted on April 29th, 2014
Celebrating the life of Stewart Bainum – mentor to the Renaissance Network.
– by Byron DeFoor, AAF Board Member


0308-HS-8rI first met Mr. Stewart Bainum on April 25, 2010. He candidly asked me, “Five years from now if I have the money to help your foundation accomplish your vision, will the Renaissance Network be sustainable? Is the dream of Adventist education still available?” My answer was, “Yes! That’s exactly what we are working toward.”

And that’s where it all began. I would receive a call from Mr. Bainum’s long-time colleague, Judy Power, and she would lightheartedly say, “The boss wants you to come to Washington, D.C. to see him.” So, I would go. Our time together was memorable as he would tell me many stories about his life.

He would share memories of being a plumber, building houses and apartments, establishing the great Manor Care health services, and ultimately founding the hotel chain that became globally known as Choice Hotels International. (more…)

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The Blueprint for Adventist Education

Posted on March 28th, 2014

Classroom“A good school always creates a community of meaning and purpose. A good school is actually a community that at it’s very best a student would hate to graduate from,” said Parker Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach.

Martin Doblmeier, award-winning director who brought us “The Adventists’ and “The Adventists 2,” has explored the world of Adventist education through his latest film “The Blueprint.” This multi-story documentary goes into the halls of eight Adventist schools across North America. (more…)

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