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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 work published in books of student poetry.

“When you want something done well, ask Ruth,” Tucker said. Teachers at Bermuda Institute are required to stay late once a week, but Hetsberger stays late every day offering extra tutorial time to students. She also stays in constant communication with parents so that they can be active in their child’s learning.

Serving as Campus Minstries Chair, Hetsberger organizes groups of students to lead out in local church services, make nursing home visits and collect Christmas gifts for children in orphanages. She also provides weekend activity options at the school like Saturday night “student cook offs.”

Hetsberger got her students involved in creating ads and videos about the value of Adventists education. The videos have been viewed at local churches and on the Adventist cable channel.

Hetsberger finds the greatest joy when students invite her into their world and allow her to take part in their spiritual growth. “My reward is being able to speak freely about Christ in the classroom, listen to my students share their spiritual enlightenments, then wake up and do it again,” Hetsberger said. “I would do this for free!”

Award presentation was Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Bermuda Institute.

Alumni Awards Foundation Board Member, Joan Coggin, presented the award to Ruth Hetsberger.

This award was sponsored Andrews University. AAF would like to thank Andrews for training outstanding educators and for partnering in this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

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