Farkas Inspires her Students for Excellence

Posted on June 13th, 2013

Middletown Christian School of Seventh-day Adventist | Greater New York Conference
Second, Third and Fourth Grade

Catherine Farkas_1With motivational quotes from the Bible, Spirit of Prophecy and other secular sources, one would immediately know that Catherine Farkas has a Christ-centered classroom.

“She is an exceptional teacher who inspires her students for excellence,” said Principal Lionel Jean-Jacques. Continue reading…

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Simons Brightens the Halls at Richmond Academy

Posted on June 12th, 2013

Richmond Academy | Potomac Conference
English and history

Rachel Simons_2When Rachel Simons first began teaching at Richmond Academy, she taught grades 3 and 4 with great success. But as the needs of the school changed, she was offered the challenge of teaching secondary English, art, and history.  Teaching equally well on the high school level, she adjusts her methods to meet the different learning styles of each student while keeping them on track to meet all common core standards. Continue reading…

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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. Continue reading…

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Barizo Transforms Quality of Education at Local School

Posted on June 6th, 2013
Highland View Academy | Chesapeake Conference
Chair of the Science Department

IFStudents usually look forward to field trips because it gets them out of the classroom. But the excitement Ophelia Barizo brings to her students at Highland View Academy (HVA), including learning outside the classroom, helps catapult them into thriving academically in her courses.

“One of my desires as a teacher is to inspire learning in my students, and to model the excitement which comes from learning and discovery,” says Barizo. “I need to set high standards and expectations and encourage students, by example and positive reinforcement, to reach these expectations, and to be the best they can be.” Continue reading…

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Morada’s Hands-on Lessons Makes it All Worth it

Posted on May 29th, 2013
Thunderbird Adventist Academy | Arizona Conference
U.S. & World History, Government, Economics, and Vice Principal of Student Life


Oliver Morada_1It’s not unusual to find Oliver Morada standing on a chair, getting his students’ attention as he excitedly shares an important concept.

“Clear the classroom and place all desks and chairs to the sides,” he says with excitement.

Morada’s unique style of teaching is one of his most significant attributes as a teacher. He has the ability to take an ordinary subject and make it come alive to his students, making a lecture-based class into a hands-on history lesson at Thunderbird Adventist Academy (TAA).

“He intermingles direct instruction with student-centered activities,” says Principal Richard Maloon. “He encourages a high order of thinking and leads discussions with questions and contemporary, relevant content that stimulates reflection.” Continue reading…

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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.

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Have You Seen Our April Newsletter?

Posted on May 14th, 2013

The AAF April 2013 Newsletter should be arriving in your mailbox any day now! This issue announces the growth of the Renaissance Network and gives details about the partnerships with Hinsdale Adventist Academy and Madison Academy. If you would like more information about the Renaissance Network or how your school can join feel free to contact us!

To read the entire issue, click on the newsletter below.

April Newsletter












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Renaissance Network welcomes two new schools into the program

Posted on April 25th, 2013

The Renaissance Network is growing! We at the Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) are proud to announce that we are adding two more schools into the Renaissance Network: Hinsdale Adventist Academy (HAA) in Chicago and Madison Academy (MA) in Nashville, Tenn.

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The Renaissance Network is a new school-management program that seeks to build a strong network of respected, influential Adventist schools that elevate the standard of the entire education system. The Renaissance Network achieves this by providing K-12 schools with outside resources and management expertise through long-term partnerships.

“On behalf of the entire AAF Board of Directors, we are pleased to be working with Hinsdale, Madison, the school boards, the Illinois Conference and the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference in our journey to develop a Division-wide network of viable model schools,” said Dr. Robert Summerour, AAF board chairman. “Our vision is to make Renaissance schools among the most respected and influential schools in the country – raising the bar in their communities and in Adventist education, everywhere.”

Schools accepted into the program are connected with a powerful support system that encourages excellence in the spiritual, academic, social, and physical development of students. HAA and MA in collaboration with Thunderbird Adventist Academy (TAA) will receive external management expertise, comprehensive school planning services, and other resources through partnership with the Renaissance Network. Continue reading…

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Thunderbird Adventist Academy’s New Website

Posted on March 26th, 2013

Check out Thunderbird Adventist Academy’s new website design! This fun, fresh design is also easy to navigate and informative. Make sure to check out the up-to-date calendar, archives of The Thunderer, photo galleries, and much more. This new website helps students, faculty, parents, prospective students, alumni, and donors find the links they need quickly.

Click on the image below to check out the entire new website!














Also, be sure to visit Thunderbird’s mission blog, Into Africa. Students and staff have been serving in Zambia since March 18th and will return to Arizona on April 2. This live blog gives detailed description about their outreach in Africa, including stories and pictures of students showing proper dental hygiene to a nearby village and assisting with physical examinations. This blog gives you a bird’s eye view into Thunderbird’s experience in Africa.

Check out the full blog by clicking the image below!

Into Africa











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Hinsdale Adventist Academy Restructures School Board

Posted on March 5th, 2013

Hinsdale Adventist Academy (HAA) has made major changes to the structure of their school board in order to center its attention on what is really important. HAA’s school board was cut from a 28 member representation-based board to a 13-member competency based board.

Those 13 members include four ex-officio members comprised of the Illinois conference school superintendent, a Lake Union representative, school principal and a pastor. This group also consists of five to seven laypeople who are not church employees—a hospital administrator, financial, legal and business experts.

School Board Chair, Meechai Tessalee, says this change required a shift in the minds of all the board members, but the new structure will hopefully act as a “resource board” and allow members to focus more on fundraising and school promotion. The expected results from this transformation are for HAA’s school board to better concentrate on big picture ideas.

Learn more about Hinsdale Adventist Academy here.

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