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Help sponsor a teacher!

Posted on December 11th, 2019
Dr. Larry Blackmer receives Excellence in Teachers Award
2018 North American Division Teachers Convention

This holiday season consider giving a gift to the Alumni Awards Foundation so we can recognize exceptional Adventist teachers through out EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS.

This prestigious award offers the opportunity to celebrate contributions teachers make to students’ educational experience.

Each Excellence in Teaching Award recipient will receive a cash gift, a certificate of excellence, and public recognition throughout the North American Division.

As a nonprofit organization, we are solely funded by generous donors whose gifts make it possible for Adventist academies thrive. Our goal is to make the Renaissance Network one of the most influential and respected school networks in North America – made up of schools that are raising the bar in their communities and Adventist education.

Please join us now in revitalizing Adventist education!

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Excellence in Teaching Awards

Posted on January 5th, 2019


Rondi Suzanne Aastrup Reynolds

 Mrs. Reynolds received her Bachelor of Arts from Atlantic Union College and her Master’s degree from Andrews University.  She has a long and distinguished history of outstanding service during her 37-year career as an Adventist educator.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Reynolds has served as a fundraiser, recruiter, marketing director, editor, communications director, Vice Principal, as well as serving 4 years as the Principal of Greater Boston Academy.

She is currently Vice Principal for Academics and English teacher at Thunderbird Adventist Academy.  She has demonstrated exceptional leadership by becoming a mentor and advisor to the staff over the years.

Mrs. Reynolds has received numerous awards and recognitions for her distinguished service including but not limited to receiving three Teacher of the Year awards at Cedar Lake Academy, South Lancaster Academy and Greater Boston Academy. In 1996 she was awarded the prestigious Zappara Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mrs. Reynolds maintains a clean, orderly and stimulating classroom.  She cares about her students and strives to give them the necessary tools to ensure their future success.

Mrs. Reynolds initiated the first Dual Credits Class for Thunderbird Academy through La Sierra University.  Thanks to this new program, qualifying Seniors have had the opportunity to earn college credits in English, while still in high school, at a fraction of the cost.

Thank you, Mrs. Reynolds, for your years of dedication and commitment to Adventist education!


Dean Linda Louise Kline

AAF’s research indicates that boarding academies offer the greatest opportunity to impact our students for life.  Accordingly, the Alumni Awards Foundation is, for the first time, awarding a 2016 Excellence in Teaching award to an exceptional and outstanding Dean.

Dean Linda Kline received both her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and her Master’s degree in Nursing Leadership and Management from Western Governors University. She is an exemplary role model for her girls.  She has created a real family atmosphere within the dorm.  As their “mom” at school, she is attentive, understanding, patient and caring.  When necessary she disciplines with love.

Dean Linda brings vitality, fun and ingenuity into the dorm spiritual programs.  Most importantly, Dean Linda understands the importance of letting students lead, and encourages them to assume as many leadership roles as possible in the dorm.

Dean Linda often taken those who cannot travel home during home leaves on special trips, sacrificing her personal time to give them cultural and fun experiences during school breaks. Each year she organizes and raises the funds to support a joint mission trip for both the girls and boys dorms.

In addition to service as school nurse, Mrs. Klein is also the Director of Thunderbird Academy’s Certified Nursing Assistance Program. This year, 13 students graduated from the CNA program, with 100% passing their Arizona state board examinations.

Thank you, Mrs. Klein, for your invaluable contribution to Adventist education!

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AAF Shark Tank Program

Posted on March 7th, 2017

sharkIt is no surprise that many Seventh-day Adventist schools across the country have big dreams that will never become a reality because of a lack of funding. Many students and educators dream of growing their school with projects that make their school exceptional and unique. We share that goal!

Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) is dedicated to Adventist education.  We believe every Adventist school in North America has the opportunity and responsibility to be among the best in its community. AAF wants to bring the dreams of students and educators to life – this is why AAF is launching a new and exciting program – The Alumni Awards Foundation Shark Tank


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WATCH HERE! First-ever Principal Leadership Academy

Posted on October 14th, 2015

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Hinsdale Adventist Academy made excellent progress while under the Renaissance Network's management

Posted on March 27th, 2015

The Alumni Awards Foundation Board of Directors voted on March 13, 2015, to not enter into a second two-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Hinsdale Adventist Academy (HAA). The Renaissance Network will continue to provide management and support services to HAA throughout the remainder of our current agreement, which ends on June 30, 2015.

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2014 Excellence in Teaching Awards Media

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Esposito1Every year we honor outstanding Adventist teachers throughout North America with an Excellence in Teaching Award. 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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Mile High Academy Joins the Renaissance Network

Posted on September 29th, 2014

Lower School StudentsWe are excited to announce the addition of Mile High Academy in Denver, Col. to the Renaissance Network. The Renaissance Network is a non-profit school management organization that seeks to promote growth, viability and excellence in Adventist education.  Schools accepted into the Renaissance Network receive training and support in business, youth ministry, marketing and academics.

“I am most excited about the ability to set something up that can last into the future – focusing on excellence in every area,” said Principal Toakase Vunileva. “The ability to influence change and create excellence in all of our schools across the division is exciting for me.” (more…)

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Leadership Training for Adventist Principals

Posted on September 25th, 2014

Early on, we discovered the need to cultivate and train the next generation of Adventist principals – a generation of not only great educators, but also savvy financiers, top-notch marketers, outgoing recruiters, and uplifting team-builders.

Matthew Jakobsons, vice principal of academics at Sacramento Adventist Academy, participates in team a building activities.

Matthew Jakobsons, vice principal of academics at Sacramento Adventist Academy, participates in team building activities.

Recently, we hosted the first annual Principal Leadership Academy (PLA) on July 6– 18, 2014 for 12 principals from various Adventist schools across North America. The purpose of this event, held on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., was to equip Seventh-day Adventist principals with the skills they need to lead successful programs in their communities.

“Our goal for PLA is to groom the participants with management and operations skills that can transform their schools into thriving institutions of excellence,” said Ambassador Kathryn Proffitt, chief executive officer at Alumni Awards Foundation.  (more…)

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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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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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