Encouraging Leadership, Steve Works Closely with the Student Body

Posted on July 5th, 2011

Highland Academy | Kentucky-Tennessee Conference
English, history & government

Steve promotes student achievement beyond his classroom at Highland Academy (HA). He has been commissioned by the Southern Union and North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventists to write secondary curriculum subject area standards, and he has traveled throughout the NAD to promote them.

Under his leadership, the Curriculum Committee at HA revised graduation requirements in order to challenge high-achieving students and help low-achieving students. Steve also works closely with the student body as sponsor of the student council, school newspaper and student association.

Steve engages his students in meaningful projects. He also encourages leadership and responsibility. His government class worked with a local city planner to consider all the components needed to build a functioning “city.” He also takes the junior class on an 11-day trip through New England each fall so they can experience first-hand what they are learning in English and U.S. history.

Steve’s goal is to make learning a rich experience. “Working at an Adventist boarding academy provides a unique opportunity to be involved in a ‘lifestyle’ of education,” he said. (Read Steve’s full personal statement here.)

Award presentation was Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Highland Academy.

AAF Director Melanie Litchfield and AAF Communications Coordinator Melissa Cechota presented the award to Steve.

Visit our Photo Gallery for more coverage of the award presentation.

See all 10 Phenomenal Teachers Awarded.

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