Minty Makes a Positive Impact on School

Posted on May 16th, 2013
Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School | Potomac Conference
5th and 8th Grade

Jim Minty_1Jim Minty is known for how involved he is at Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary (SVAE). Parents, other teachers and students appreciate the extra time he spends taking care of the school, teaching extra-curricular classes like band, choir and handbells and also making sure his classroom is a safe environment where every student feels accepted for who they are. Specially, Minty goes above and beyond to fight bullying in his classroom by talking openly with students and parents about teasing.

Joe Fralick, the SVAE’s principal, said that he’s had numerous parents, teachers, and board members approach him with a desire to see Minty receive the Excellence in Teaching Award for the outstanding contributions that he has made to the school and the community. “His standards of excellence help others strive for the same,” Fralick added.

Minty is also known for the outdoor education trip he plans for his fifth and sixth graders, where he helps build strong relationships with the students while having fun. The trip is one of the highlights of the year.

“I believe as strongly today as when I started that our young people need good teachers, good role models, and good friends as they are growing up,” Minty says. “That is what I strive to be each day with God’s help.”

Minty grew up in Adventist education since his mother was a teacher at the school he attended. In 7th or 8th grade, he decided he wanted to be a teacher because he enjoyed going to school. After spending six summers working at Adventist summer camps, he knew he enjoyed working with young people. After receiving his teaching degree, he began teaching grades 5-8 and fell in love with the age group. For 31 years now, he’s been teaching this age group.

Jim Minty’s award ceremony was on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School.

Alumni Awards Foundation representative, Joyce White, presented the award to Jim Minty.

This award was sponsored by Jim’s alma mater, Andrews University. AAF would like to thank Andrews for partnering in this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

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