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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 perform a “kingdom rap” about one of the five kingdoms of life. To learn how the colonists felt under Britain’s harsh laws, students must plan a party while complying with outrageous restrictions. Each year, students perform skits dealing with peer pressure, which Terry videotapes for later viewings.

Terry is involved in many other areas around school. She coaches the girls’ basketball team, assists the music teacher with the hand bell choir and drives the bus for school trips. Each year Terry organizes and facilitates a four-day outdoor school program for the fifth and sixth grade and a small sister school. She also arranges music performances for the local churches to promote the school and she manages the NJAS Facebook page.

In addition to her responsibilities at JNAS, Terry teaches technology classes at Washington Adventist University.

“I choose to work in a system in which I wholeheartedly believe and to which I want to give back,” Terry said. “I would not choose to work anywhere else!”

Award presentation was Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at John Nevins Andrews School.

Alumni Awards Foundation Board Member, Keith White, presented the award to Kimberly Terry.

This award was sponsored by Terry’s alma mater, Washington Adventist University (formerly, Colombia Union College). AAF would like to publically thank WAU for training outstanding educators and for partnering in this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

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