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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.

“Her upbeat and warm spirit is predictable and infectious in the halls and classrooms of the school,” says Principal Malcolm Hutchinson.

Simons is known as a gifted teacher, who not only genuinely cares for her students, but hold them accountable. She holds a “No Slacking” motto that she has instilled in each of her students. She serves as both deaconess and Kindergarten Sabbath School teacher. An example of a practical Christian, Simons’ words and hands reveal her love for God, family, and students.

“She sees the spiritual aspects of her teaching as a core part of her life and ministry; and her faith touches every student, parent, and colleague that she serves,” Hutchinson adds.

Simons has taken on the duties of testing and guidance in her community, making it possible for students to have a local option for national testing at a Sunday center verses driving great distances and compromising their faith to sit for a national test on Saturday.

“She goes beyond the textbook to share the love of Christ and instill a love of life-long learning into her students, giving them a priceless gift that will last for eternity,” says Angela Morton, a fifth and sixth grade teacher.

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Simons believes she has a calling to not only teach her content area, but to also share the love of God.

“I get to be a part of Christ’s work in teaching His children and influencing them for His good through my lesson plans and modeling Christian behavior,” Simons explains. “I treasure my students.”

Rachel Simons’s award ceremony was on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Richmond Academy.

Alumni Awards Foundation representative, Keith White, presented the award to Rachel Simons.

This award was sponsored by Rachel’s alma mater, Southern Adventist UniversityAAF would like to thank Southern Adventist University for partnering in this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

See where else this teacher has been published in local and district-wide media here

 

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