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AAF Celebrates 20 Years

Posted on November 30th, 2016

The Alumni Awards Foundation is celebrating our 20 year anniversary!  Over the past two decades, AAF has accomplished much!  But we couldn’t have done it without you–our incredible partners. Together we have supported Adventist education through a variety of innovative programs. For highlights of our accomplishments over the past 20 years, please watch our special anniversary video tribute to AAF’s distinguished and hardworking Board of Directors.

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AAF Announces New Shark Tank Program – Applications accepted through December 15, 2017

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

sharkIt is no surprise that many Seventh-day Adventist schools across the country have big dreams that will never become a reality because of a lack of funding. Many students and educators dream of growing their school with projects that make their school exceptional and unique. We share that goal!

Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) is dedicated to Adventist education and we believe every Adventist school in North America has the opportunity and responsibility to be among the best in its community. AAF wants to bring the dreams of students and educators to life – this is why AAF is launching a new and exciting program – The Alumni Awards Foundation Shark Tank

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WATCH HERE! First-ever Principal Leadership Academy

Posted on October 14th, 2015

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Hinsdale Adventist Academy made excellent progress while under the Renaissance Network’s management

Posted on March 27th, 2015

The Alumni Awards Foundation Board of Directors voted on March 13, 2015, to not enter into a second two-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Hinsdale Adventist Academy (HAA). The Renaissance Network will continue to provide management and support services to HAA throughout the remainder of our current agreement, which ends on June 30, 2015.

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2014 Excellence in Teaching Awards Media

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Esposito1Every year we honor outstanding Adventist teachers throughout North America with an Excellence in Teaching Award. We were inspired and amazed by the testimonies told by co-workers, friends, parents of students, administrators and the teachers themselves about the great work being done at each school. We want to thank the teachers for continuing to raise the bar in Adventist education – you are a blessing and an inspiration to all of us! Continue reading…

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Mile High Academy Joins the Renaissance Network

Posted on September 29th, 2014

Lower School StudentsWe are excited to announce the addition of Mile High Academy in Denver, Col. to the Renaissance Network. The Renaissance Network is a non-profit school management organization that seeks to promote growth, viability and excellence in Adventist education.  Schools accepted into the Renaissance Network receive training and support in business, youth ministry, marketing and academics.

“I am most excited about the ability to set something up that can last into the future – focusing on excellence in every area,” said Principal Toakase Vunileva. “The ability to influence change and create excellence in all of our schools across the division is exciting for me.” Continue reading…

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Leadership Training for Adventist Principals

Posted on September 25th, 2014

Early on, we discovered the need to cultivate and train the next generation of Adventist principals – a generation of not only great educators, but also savvy financiers, top-notch marketers, outgoing recruiters, and uplifting team-builders.

Matthew Jakobsons, vice principal of academics at Sacramento Adventist Academy, participates in team a building activities.

Matthew Jakobsons, vice principal of academics at Sacramento Adventist Academy, participates in team building activities.

Recently, we hosted the first annual Principal Leadership Academy (PLA) on July 6– 18, 2014 for 12 principals from various Adventist schools across North America. The purpose of this event, held on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., was to equip Seventh-day Adventist principals with the skills they need to lead successful programs in their communities.

“Our goal for PLA is to groom the participants with management and operations skills that can transform their schools into thriving institutions of excellence,” said Ambassador Kathryn Proffitt, chief executive officer at Alumni Awards Foundation.  Continue reading…

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Alumni Awards Foundation Names Ambassador Kathryn Proffitt as Chief Executive Officer

Posted on September 25th, 2014

headshots-board-005The Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) has selected Ambassador Kathryn Linda Proffitt as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ambassador Proffitt has served on AAF’s board of directors since 2003 and received the “Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service” from the organization in 2001.

“We are pleased that Kathy has agreed to accept the role of CEO,” said Dr. Robert Summerour, AAF board chair. “She has the experience, skills and relationships necessary to lead AAF to accomplish our mission for Adventist Christian education.”

Ambassador Proffitt founded Call-America, a long distance telecommunication company headquartered in Arizona. Being among the first, she helped pioneer the competitive long distance industry. She also served as a policy advisor to the White House on telecommunication issues and represented the long distance industry before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission  Continue reading…

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Thomas-Laurencin Takes Whispering Pines to the Next Level as New Teaching Principal

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, SHIRLEY ANN THOMAS-LAURENCIN
Whispering Pines Seventh-day Adventist Academy | Greater New York Conference
Teaching Principal

Thomas-Laurencin2For the last five years, Whispering Pines SDA Elementary School’s enrollment had been dwindling. After completing a very competitive interview process, the school board knew that the candidate they appointed as principal would be their last hope to turn the school around.

As competitive as the process was, the choice was obvious. Shirley Ann Thomas-Laurencin was unanimously selected by the school board to become Whispering Pines’ new teaching principal because they believed she had the ability to take the school to “the next level.”

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Fetters Uses Educational Technology to Push Teaching into the Future

Posted on July 23rd, 2014

2014 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, ROBERT FETTERS
Richmond Academy | Potomac Conference
7-8 Science, High School Algebra, Earth Science, Chemistry

Fetters1Fetters is already a commendable teacher, yet he is constantly looking for ways to improve and perfect his teaching style and the teaching methods at his school. An advocate of innovation, Fetters was an early adopter of Richmond Academy’s (RA) Connected School, a video educational platform commonly called “Distance Learning” that delivers classroom instruction to remote locations in real time. Fetters acquired partner schools, conducted research, and trained teachers to help set up the Connected School not only because he believes it will allow students in remote locations to interact with faculty, but also because he knows it is the future of education. Continue reading…

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