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As a Teaching Principal, Juhl Grows Elementary School into Academy

Posted on May 30th, 2012

2012 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, CHRIS JUHL
Louisville Adventist Academy | Kentucky-Tennessee Conference
English & Bible Teacher, Principal

Chris Juhl wears many hats as the English teacher, Bible teacher and as principal. But he doesn’t stop there—he is always taking on new projects and looking for ways to improve Louisville Adventist Academy. Under his leadership, the school went from an elementary school with 35 students, to a thriving academy with 80 students. New facilities were added to accommodate the rapid growth.

In addition, he has established a five-day hot lunch program, music lessons and P.E. uniforms. Juhl also coaches the basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track teams, and takes the teams to tournaments.

Setting up agreements with various organizations to rent the gymnasium, Juhl helps bring in $7,000-$9,000 for the school each year. This additional income has made it possible to update computers, science equipment, and make facility improvements.

Juhl was also asked by the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference to write literacy programs for 5th-8th grade. He wrote nine literacy units complete with activities, assignments, and tests for each grade level.

In the classroom Juhl brings literature to life with interactive activities and personal stories. “For most of the upper grade students, literature is their favorite class,” said Pam Williams, associate superintendant for the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference.

Juhl originally chose to teach because of his son. “I wanted him to receive the very best of everything an SDA education could provide: spiritual, emotional, academic, social, and physical,” Juhl said.

Now, 24 years later, Juhl has become a father figure to many of his students. “Like my son, they are MY children,” Juhl explained.

Juhl has a natural ability to relate to his students. “They absolutely love him,” said Williams. “No matter where he goes, he always seems to have a trail of students behind him.”

One student shared, “He cares for his students as if we were his own children…he never gives up on us.”

Award presentation was Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Highland Academy .

Alumni Awards Foundation staff member, Riley Graves, presented the award to Chris Juhl.

This award has been sponsored by Southern Adventist University. AAF would like to publically thank Southern for partnering in this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

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