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Check out our July Newsletter

Posted on August 13th, 2013

Our July newsletter should be arriving in your mailbox any day now.

Included in the newsletter are:

  • A letter of support from Dr. George Harding.
  • A complete list of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients.
  • Second year results from Thunderbird Adventist Academy.
  • Highlights from our faculty Meet and Greets at each Renaissance School.
  • Introduction of our Renaissance School Managers.

For those of you who aren’t on our mailing list, here is a link to our 2013 July newsletter.

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2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards Nationally Published Articles

Posted on August 6th, 2013

Every year we are honored to award 10 outstanding Adventist teachers throughout North America – this year was no different. We were inspired and amazed by the testimonies told by co-workers, friends, parents of students, administrators and the teachers themselves about the great work being done at each school. We want to thank the teachers for continuing to raise the bar in Adventist education – you are a blessing and an inspiration to all of us! (more…)

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Administrator Workshop in Chattanooga, TN

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

Large GroupOn July 10 – 11, 2013, we hosted the principals, business managers, and school managers from each Renaissance School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We had a great time meeting, playing games, going over information, and discussing how this Network of schools would work together as a whole. (more…)

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Hinsdale Adventist Academy First New Board Meeting

Posted on July 26th, 2013

photoThis year Hinsdale Adventist Academy (HAA) restructured their school board from a 28-member representation board to a 13-member competency based board. The new school board held their first official meeting on June 25, accompanied by AAF staff and board members. (more…)

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AAF Gets to Know Renaissance Faculty and Staff

Posted on July 24th, 2013
Ben Purvis (TAA), Oliver Morada (TAA), John O’Brien (AAF), and Arlene Morada (TAA) enjoy dessert after the faculty meet and greet in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Ben Purvis (TAA), Oliver Morada (TAA), John O’Brien (AAF), and Arlene Morada (TAA) enjoy dessert after the faculty meet and greet in Scottsdale, Arizona.

We have been having a great time getting to know all the faculty and staff at the Renaissance Schools over the past couple of months.

On May 2, 2013, we invited the Thunderbird Adventist Academy faculty and staff to the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona for a night of food, fun and visioning. This night was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know one another on a personal level and brainstorm about the future of Thunderbird as a Renaissance School. (more…)

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Guzik Keeps School Open

Posted on July 2nd, 2013

Echo Ridge Christian School| Northern California Conference
Principal and Teacher

Sara Guzik_1At the end of the 2011/2012 school year, Echo Ridge Christian School was on the verge of shutting down after 50 years of education. Sara Guzik had previously been an elementary and middle school teacher at the school, but left to pursue a career in the medical field. Feeling impressed by God to return to teaching, she volunteered to come back and made staying open possible.

During the summer break, she talked to parents to get their children to attend, recruited volunteers, solicited donations for new iPads, and also put aggressive marketing efforts into place with advertising in the yellow pages, videos, newspapers and parent magazines. (more…)

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Simmons’s Dual Role Proves Successful

Posted on July 1st, 2013

New Hope Seventh-Day Adventist School | Southeastern Conference
Principal and Teacher

Olga Simmons_1The dual role of principal and teacher is challenging, at best, but Olga Simmons has proven to be successful at both at New Hope Seventh-day Adventist School.

Simmons quickly identified the multiple needs of the school such as no textbooks, broken stairways and very low student census and addressed them by visiting all Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Fort Lauderdale area to advertise for the school. She also made phone calls and personal visits to parents to help populate the school. (more…)

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Villaruel’s Mastery Inspires Students to Do Their Best

Posted on June 18th, 2013

Jackson Heights Seventh-day Adventist School  | Greater New York Conference
Fifth and Sixth Grade

Reymelinda Villaruel_1Reymelinda Villaruel began her teaching career at Jackson Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church School as a Kindergarten teacher, piloting a program that became an enrollment feeder for the school. In 2008, she began teaching grades five and six – engaging her students in activities to introduce higher learning skills.

“It is obvious that she is a seasoned teacher, who takes her position seriously and in turn, inspires her students to strive to do their best,” says Marrissa Osburne, teacher of grades seven and eight at Jackson Heights. (more…)

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Farkas Inspires her Students for Excellence

Posted on June 13th, 2013

Middletown Christian School of Seventh-day Adventist | Greater New York Conference
Second, Third and Fourth Grade

Catherine Farkas_1With motivational quotes from the Bible, Spirit of Prophecy and other secular sources, one would immediately know that Catherine Farkas has a Christ-centered classroom.

“She is an exceptional teacher who inspires her students for excellence,” said Principal Lionel Jean-Jacques. (more…)

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Simons Brightens the Halls at Richmond Academy

Posted on June 12th, 2013

Richmond Academy | Potomac Conference
English and history

Rachel Simons_2When Rachel Simons first began teaching at Richmond Academy, she taught grades 3 and 4 with great success. But as the needs of the school changed, she was offered the challenge of teaching secondary English, art, and history.  Teaching equally well on the high school level, she adjusts her methods to meet the different learning styles of each student while keeping them on track to meet all common core standards. (more…)

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