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

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.”

They were not disappointed. Continue reading…

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Fetters Uses Educational Technology to Push Teaching into the Future

Posted on July 23rd, 2014

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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Esposito’s Dedication to Teaching Reveals Greatness in her Students

Posted on June 6th, 2014

John Nevins Andrews School | Potomac Conference
Grade 1 Teacher

Esposito4The day Carmen Esposito was asked to step in and teach a cradle roll class in place of the absent Sabbath School instructors was the day she knew she was born to be a teacher. The twelve-year-old loved teaching the class so much that she began preparing lessons in advance, and it wasn’t long before she became the youngest Sabbath School teacher in the church.

When it was time for Esposito to choose a field of study, she happily announced her decision to dedicate her life to teaching—much to the disappointment of her father, the doctor, and her mother, the nurse. Esposito’s parents wanted her to follow them into the medical field, but more than that, they believed their daughter, the elementary and high school valedictorian, was too smart to be “just a teacher.” Continue reading…

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Hansen Uses Science to Challenge His Students for Greatness

Posted on May 28th, 2014

College View Academy | Kansas-Nebraska Conference
Science / Algebra II Teacher

Hansen1When Derek Hansen, teacher of all things science at College View Academy (CVA), realized that students hoping to enter the medical field could benefit from additional science courses, he was eager to make the realization a reality.

But there was one problem.

Hansen was willing to teach an Anatomy and Physiology class and a Microbiology class on rotating years, but there was no space in the schedule for an additional class. Instead of counting the endeavor as a lost cause, however, Hansen decided to teach the classes in the only possible time slot available: 6:50 a.m. Continue reading…

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Blech Unlocks Students’ Creative Potential

Posted on May 23rd, 2014

Linda Vista Adventist Elementary School | Southern California Conference
Grades 1-3 Teacher

Blech2Many teachers know how to teach their material creatively, but Anne Blech’s ability to help students learn by unlocking their own creative potential is what sets her apart. She created the Museum of Living History, a walkthrough museum where every student in the school researches and dresses as their assigned historical character and delivers a one-minute speech when they are approached, and she encouraged her students to present book reports in unique ways, such as from inside a cardboard box decorated like a TV as if they were news reporters. Continue reading…

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Heald Strives to Make Adventist Education Worthwhile

Posted on May 20th, 2014

Lake City Junior Academy | Upper Columbia Conference
Grades 7-8 Teacher

Heald1After spending several years teaching from a textbook that was poorly-written and outdated, Geoff Heald realized the need for a change in his Northwest History class. The Lake City Junior Academy teacher devoted his summer to recreating the course, resulting in an improved curriculum that included excerpts from a college-level textbook and incorporated both written and visual primary sources. Continue reading…

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