2012 NAD Teachers’ Convention Recap

Posted on August 30th, 2012

We had a great time connecting with educators from all over the North American Divison at the 2012 NAD Teachers’ Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Over 1,400 people visited our booth and participated in our live survey. We asked attendees, “What would you like to see more of in Adventist Schools?” Here are the results:

What would you like to see more of in Adventist Schools?

  • Advanced Placement, Honors and Dual Credit Courses
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Student Support Services (i.e. Counseling, Assessment)
  • Better Technology in the Classroom

And the winner is… drum roll please…. Student Support Services with over 600 votes! Student support services is the category educators want to see more of in Adventist schools.

The other categories scored: Better Technology – 500, Extra Curricular Activites – 175, and Advanced Courses – 175. Thank you to everyone who came by and voted!

For more photos from the convention, click here.

We also gave away an iPad to one lucky voter… Congrats Jessica Leccese from New Hampshire! We hope you love your new iPad and use it in your classroom all the time!

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Check Out Our Prezi

Posted on August 10th, 2012

Have you ever seen a Prezi? We just discovered this awesome online presentation software and used it for the first time to complete our booth at the NAD Teachers’ Convention. To play the presentation: click on the play arrow, then scroll over “More” and click on “Autoplay.”

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NAD Breakout Session Presentation

Posted on August 10th, 2012

We had two great Breakout Sessions at the NAD Teachers’ Convention this week. For those of you who were not able to make it, here is the Renaissance Network Presentation. Just click on the image below for the complete presentation and follow this link for the FAQs handout.

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Our July Newsletter is in Your Mailbox

Posted on July 31st, 2012

Our July newsletter should be arriving in your mailbox any day now.

Included in the newsletter are:

  • Q & A with Thunderbird’s new principal Rick Maloon
  • A complete list of outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients
  • Maranatha volunteers perspective on the dormitory project
  • A special Renaissance Network report

For those of you who aren’t on our mailing list, here is a link to our July newsletter.

If you would like to begin receiving the newsletter in July email us at Please include your name and address.

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Renaissance Network Annual Report on Thunderbird

Posted on July 31st, 2012

Thunderbird Adventist Academy has successfully completed its first year as a Renaissance Network School under the management of the Alumni Awards Foundation in collaboration with the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The following areas highlight the accomplishments of the students, teachers and leadership at the academy.


  • Extensive recruitment efforts increased the opening enrollment from 112 to 137 students—a 20 percent jump.
  • 33 seniors graduated with 32 students bound for college. Many of TAA’s 2012 graduates will be attending our NAD colleges—with at least one graduate in attendance at each of our NAD colleges.
  • Continue reading…

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Nationally Published Articles about 2012 Award Recipients

Posted on June 14th, 2012

We had an outstanding group of Excellence in Teaching Award recipients this year. We want to thank each teacher for raising the bar in Adventist education and for being a blessing and inspiration to those around them. As we read each of your nomination letters we were genuinely moved by the eternal difference you are making in your students’ lives. Keep up the great work!

Adventist Today published an article about all 10 teachers.

Below is a complete list of our 10 award winners and nationally published articles about each of them. Keep checking back for new articles—more are in the works.

Ruth Hetsberger | Bermuda InstituteBermuda Conference | Atlantic Union

Chris Juhl | Louisville Adventist AcademyKentucky Continue reading…

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Hetsberger Adds a Creative Spin to Her English Classes

Posted on June 12th, 2012

Bermuda Institute | Bermuda Conference
English, Marketing

Ruth Hetsberger “is the kind of teacher that students respect, parents praise and colleagues admire,” said Lois Tucker, principal at Bermuda Institute. After nine years of teaching, Hetsberger has had quite the impact.

Hetsberger gets creative with her English, literary analysis and creative writing classes. She hosts tea parties for her elective classes and has her students read their creative writing pieces for an audience. She arranges for her students to do a research paper with an oral defense in front of a panel of judges. Her students have also had their Continue reading…

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Students are Well Prepared for College After Linthicum’s Technology Class

Posted on June 6th, 2012

Loma Linda Academy | Southeastern California Conference
Industrial Technology

Upon entering Jay Linthicum’s classroom, students can be found cutting, welding, programming, molding and building a variety of projects. Linthicum is best known at Loma Linda Academy (LLA) for developing the Technology Integrated Education (TIE) program—a four-year commitment in which students learn practical skills ranging from metal and woodworking to computer assisted drafting (CAD) and Robotics.

“It is no ordinary shop class,” said Robert Skoretz, LLA principal. “TIE is highly sought after and prepares Continue reading…

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Leukert Grows Music Program at School and in Community

Posted on June 4th, 2012

Monterey Bay Academy | Central California Conference
Music Teacher

Music teacher, Kristian Leukert is extremely effective and highly respected by his students and colleagues at Monterey Bay Academy (MBA).

“He is blessed with an amazing blend of talent, personality, patience, and natural teaching ability that allows him to truly inspire his students,” said Timothy Kubrock, MBA principal.

The music program has become a strong recruiting tool for MBA. Leukert has increased church performances and he records the singing group to distribute to alumni and friends. Leukert also began a two-day music festival that brought 200 students from more than 10 schools.

When Leukert realized that several local SDA elementary schools did not have Continue reading…

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Tunnell Empowers Her Students to Reach Their Full Potential

Posted on June 1st, 2012

Central Vermont Academy | Northern New England Conference
High School Math and Science, 7th & 8th Math, Registrar, Vice Principal

Upon her baptism into the Seventh-day Adventist church, Dina Tunnell left a successful career in engineering to follow God’s calling. After receiving her second Master’s in Education for middle school mathematics, she accepted a position at Central Vermont Academy (CVA) where she has played a key role for five years.

Tunnell carries a lot of responsibility and brings a variety of skills to the CVA. She teaches the high school math and science courses, 7th and 8th grade math, and serves as registrar and vice principal. She also sponsors the National Honor Society and senior class, and she even drives the school bus.

As graduation counselor, Tunnell holds workshops to prepare students and parents for the college application and financial process.

“Ms. Tunnell is goal-oriented and expects great things Continue reading…

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