Negrete’s Care Reason for Increased Students

Posted on June 11th, 2013
El Dorado Adventist School | Northern California Conference
Seventh and Eight Grade

Guadalupe Negrete_4For the past eight years, the retention rate for bringing eighth grade students into the high school program at El Dorado Adventist School (EAS) was 50 percent at best, but because of Guadalupe Negrete’s gift of loving and connecting with the junior high students, the retention rate for eighth grade increased from 50 percent to 90 percent, and the high school has doubled in size over the last four years.

Her care for her students, parents and prospective new families, as well as the eighth grade Appreciation Dinner, are just some examples of her commitment and attention to the school and her students.

“One of Lupe Negrete’s greatest gifts to us here at El Dorado Adventist School is her commitment to continuing education,” says Nancy Schoonover, the third and fourth grade teacher at EAS.

She spends her lunches and free periods helping students master a tough Spanish phrase or comfort a student who may be having relationship problems. She laughs with her students, is serious with them, prays with them, guides them and forgives them.

“I want to make a positive difference,” she says. “My goal is to create meaningful learning experiences.”

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Principal Larry Ballew adds, “Her Christlikeness is evident not only in her classroom with her students, but also is a blessing and inspiration to our entire staff.”

Her classes are always interactive. Her Spanish and art class lessons often include students creating Spanish art projects as well as preparing Spanish cuisine that the whole classroom enjoys participating in and consuming. Her classroom is a model of creative artifacts and visuals.

“I am an Adventist teacher because I love to learn and want to teach my students the joy of being life-long learners,” Negrete says. “It is these and many more experiences that make my life as a teacher exciting, challenging, and joyful.”

Guadalupe Negrete’s award ceremony was on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Placerville Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Alumni Awards Foundation board member, Arpad Soo, presented the award to Guadalupe Negrete.

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