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Simmons's Dual Role Proves Successful

Posted on July 1st, 2013

2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, OLGA SIMMONS
New Hope Seventh-Day Adventist School | Southeastern Conference
Principal and Teacher
Olga Simmons_1The dual role of principal and teacher is challenging, at best, but Olga Simmons has proven to be successful at both at New Hope Seventh-day Adventist School.
Simmons quickly identified the multiple needs of the school such as no textbooks, broken stairways and very low student census and addressed them by visiting all Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Fort Lauderdale area to advertise for the school. She also made phone calls and personal visits to parents to help populate the school. Continue reading…

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Simmons’s Dual Role Proves Successful

Posted on July 1st, 2013

2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, OLGA SIMMONS
New Hope Seventh-Day Adventist School | Southeastern Conference
Principal and Teacher

Olga Simmons_1The dual role of principal and teacher is challenging, at best, but Olga Simmons has proven to be successful at both at New Hope Seventh-day Adventist School.

Simmons quickly identified the multiple needs of the school such as no textbooks, broken stairways and very low student census and addressed them by visiting all Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Fort Lauderdale area to advertise for the school. She also made phone calls and personal visits to parents to help populate the school. Continue reading…

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Villaruel's Mastery Inspires Students to Do Their Best

Posted on June 18th, 2013

2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, REYMELINDA VILLARUEL
Jackson Heights Seventh-day Adventist School  | Greater New York Conference
Fifth and Sixth Grade
Reymelinda Villaruel_1Reymelinda Villaruel began her teaching career at Jackson Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church School as a Kindergarten teacher, piloting a program that became an enrollment feeder for the school. In 2008, she began teaching grades five and six – engaging her students in activities to introduce higher learning skills.
“It is obvious that she is a seasoned teacher, who takes her position seriously and in turn, inspires her students to strive to do their best,” says Marrissa Osburne, teacher of grades seven and eight at Jackson Heights. Continue reading…

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Villaruel’s Mastery Inspires Students to Do Their Best

Posted on June 18th, 2013

2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, REYMELINDA VILLARUEL
Jackson Heights Seventh-day Adventist School  | Greater New York Conference
Fifth and Sixth Grade

Reymelinda Villaruel_1Reymelinda Villaruel began her teaching career at Jackson Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church School as a Kindergarten teacher, piloting a program that became an enrollment feeder for the school. In 2008, she began teaching grades five and six – engaging her students in activities to introduce higher learning skills.

“It is obvious that she is a seasoned teacher, who takes her position seriously and in turn, inspires her students to strive to do their best,” says Marrissa Osburne, teacher of grades seven and eight at Jackson Heights. Continue reading…

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Stotz Shows Compassion and Commitment to her Students

Posted on June 14th, 2013

2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, TANYA STOTZ
San Fernando Valley Academy  | Southern California Conference
First and Second Grade

Tanya Stotz_1Walking into Tanya Stotz’s classroom will reveal thought provoking activities. One would witness hands on activities from investigating measurement estimation to the stages of the caterpillar to butterfly transformation. She enjoys exposing her students to new methods that will enhance their learning and always uses something in addition to the textbook to teach her students, giving them a solid educational foundation. Continue reading…

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Farkas Inspires her Students for Excellence

Posted on June 13th, 2013

2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, CATHERINE FARKAS
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

2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, RACHEL SIMONS
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
2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, GUADALUPE NEGRETE
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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Negrete’s Care Reason for Increased Students

Posted on June 11th, 2013
2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, GUADALUPE NEGRETE
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
2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, OPHELIA BARIZO
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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