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Hetsberger Adds a Creative Spin to Her English Classes

Posted on June 12th, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, RUTH HETSBERGER
Bermuda Institute | Bermuda Conference
English, Marketing

Ruth Hetsberger “is the kind of teacher that students respect, parents praise and colleagues admire,” said Lois Tucker, principal at Bermuda Institute. After nine years of teaching, Hetsberger has had quite the impact.

Hetsberger gets creative with her English, literary analysis and creative writing classes. She hosts tea parties for her elective classes and has her students read their creative writing pieces for an audience. She arranges for her students to do a research paper with an oral defense in front of a panel of judges. Her students have also had their (more…)

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Students are Well Prepared for College After Linthicum’s Technology Class

Posted on June 6th, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, JAY LINTHICUM
Loma Linda Academy | Southeastern California Conference
Industrial Technology

Upon entering Jay Linthicum’s classroom, students can be found cutting, welding, programming, molding and building a variety of projects. Linthicum is best known at Loma Linda Academy (LLA) for developing the Technology Integrated Education (TIE) program—a four-year commitment in which students learn practical skills ranging from metal and woodworking to computer assisted drafting (CAD) and Robotics.

“It is no ordinary shop class,” said Robert Skoretz, LLA principal. “TIE is highly sought after and prepares (more…)

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Leukert Grows Music Program at School and in Community

Posted on June 4th, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, KRISTIAN LEUKERT
Monterey Bay Academy | Central California Conference
Music Teacher

Music teacher, Kristian Leukert is extremely effective and highly respected by his students and colleagues at Monterey Bay Academy (MBA).

“He is blessed with an amazing blend of talent, personality, patience, and natural teaching ability that allows him to truly inspire his students,” said Timothy Kubrock, MBA principal.

The music program has become a strong recruiting tool for MBA. Leukert has increased church performances and he records the singing group to distribute to alumni and friends. Leukert also began a two-day music festival that brought 200 students from more than 10 schools.

When Leukert realized that several local SDA elementary schools did not have (more…)

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Tunnell Empowers Her Students to Reach Their Full Potential

Posted on June 1st, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, DIANA TUNNELL
Central Vermont Academy | Northern New England Conference
High School Math and Science, 7th & 8th Math, Registrar, Vice Principal

Upon her baptism into the Seventh-day Adventist church, Dina Tunnell left a successful career in engineering to follow God’s calling. After receiving her second Master’s in Education for middle school mathematics, she accepted a position at Central Vermont Academy (CVA) where she has played a key role for five years.

Tunnell carries a lot of responsibility and brings a variety of skills to the CVA. She teaches the high school math and science courses, 7th and 8th grade math, and serves as registrar and vice principal. She also sponsors the National Honor Society and senior class, and she even drives the school bus.

As graduation counselor, Tunnell holds workshops to prepare students and parents for the college application and financial process.

“Ms. Tunnell is goal-oriented and expects great things (more…)

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Exceptional Teacher, Roberts is Attributed to Shaping the School Culture

Posted on June 1st, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, ANITA ROBERTS
Lake City Junior Academy | Upper Columbia Conference
3rd & 4th Grade

“If you were to ask Anita Roberts what makes her exceptional in her field, she would look at you questioningly,” said Ron Jacaban, Lake City Junior Academy (LCJA) principal.

Roberts does not feel that she has “made it” to the top of her field, although many would argue otherwise. “We consider her ‘best in class’ so to speak,” said Larry Marsh, Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) superintendent.

Inspired by her personal journey in losing 200 pounds, health instruction is a key component of Roberts’ mission. She has designed a “Fitness Expedition: Project Healthy Kids” curriculum that promotes a lifestyle of exercise and nutrition for her students. The curriculum was developed, published and distributed while Roberts participated in continuing education classes at Walla Walla University.

“It is a daunting task to compile the numerous ways Anita has brought (more…)

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Multi-talented Terry Contributes Throughout School

Posted on June 1st, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, KIMBERLY TERRY
John Nevins Andrews School | Potomac Conference
5th Grade and Technology for all Grades

Terry was originally hired at John Nevins Andrews School (JNAS) as the computer teacher and IT specialist. When financial challenges forced NJAS to discontinue the computer teacher position, Terry became the fifth grade teacher. But she didn’t give up teaching technology. She took it upon herself to continue teaching computer skills and assists her peers with their use of technology while maintaining the computer lab. In addition, she provides technology in-service and has played an instrumental role in purchasing and installing video projectors and screens in several classrooms.

“She is a multi-talented, dedicated, Christ-like educator, a professional, great team player, and a service-oriented person who loves the Lord and loves and cares about people, especially children and youth,” said Cavel Melbourne, JNAS principal.

Terry makes learning fun for her students. In science, groups (more…)

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Niles Helps Students Find the Author of all Knowledge in Mathematics

Posted on May 30th, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, NORMAN NILES
Pine Forge Academy | Allegheny Conference
Head of the Math Department

Norman Niles was in his second year of graduate school for his Ph.D in mathematics when he heard God’s calling to ministry. At the time it was too late to apply for seminary and he would have to wait an entire year. Niles was disappointed, but God’s plan for ministry was different and he ended up at Pine Forge Academy (PFA) as the math and Bible teacher.

In 2010, Niles coined the term Matheology. “It is seeing God, the author of all knowledge, in mathematics,” Niles explains. By the end of the year each student must give a worship talk connecting one concept learned during the semester to God.

Niles has the largest honors course enrollment at PFA and is working on his credentials to be able to offer dual enrollment classes in the future. He also created the first distance-learning course offered at PFA and utilizes Skype to connect with students (more…)

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As a Teaching Principal, Juhl Grows Elementary School into Academy

Posted on May 30th, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, CHRIS JUHL
Louisville Adventist Academy | Kentucky-Tennessee Conference
English & Bible Teacher, Principal

Chris Juhl wears many hats as the English teacher, Bible teacher and as principal. But he doesn’t stop there—he is always taking on new projects and looking for ways to improve Louisville Adventist Academy. Under his leadership, the school went from an elementary school with 35 students, to a thriving academy with 80 students. New facilities were added to accommodate the rapid growth.

In addition, he has established a five-day hot lunch program, music lessons and P.E. uniforms. Juhl also coaches the basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track teams, (more…)

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In Joan’s Classroom Students Live the Lesson

Posted on May 21st, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, JOAN WAITE
Forest City Adventist School | Florida Conference
7th & 8th Grade

Joan Waite brings her lessons to life at Forest City Adventist School (FCAS) with an emersion approach to teaching. During their study of the Civil War, students draw lots to be the North or South. After some research, students make flags for their side, create canteens and cooking equipment, and set up an outdoor camp. Battles have been reenacted, prisoners taken, and siblings and best friends “ripped apart” by the mock Civil War.

When studying the medieval time period, students built miniature castles with flags that an opposing castle had to shoot down with frozen peas. The whole school was invited to watch and cheer as the battle between castles took place.

Waite helps her 7th and 8th grade students discover their gifts and encourages them to be leaders around school. Each week her students visit the kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms for “reading buddy sessions.” After studying (more…)

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Willis, Mathematics’ Biggest Cheerleader Makes Learning Fun

Posted on May 16th, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, AMBER WILLIS
Miami Union Academy | Southeastern Conference
6th-12th Math

Amber Willis never imagined working in an Adventist school. In fact, she had already signed on with the public school system when God called her to a small Adventist middle school in Atlanta. Ten years later, she is still teaching in the Adventist school system.

“I have learned that this job is more than teaching,” Willis shared. “It’s a ministry. I always say that teaching is my talent, and the bonus is getting a chance to share God’s love while doing it.”

Willis said she is “mathematics’ biggest cheerleader.” She works (more…)

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