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Through Gordon’s Efforts, SVAE Tops County Fundraising for American Heart Association

Posted on June 29th, 2011

2011 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, GORDON MILLER
Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary | Potomac Conference
7th & 8th grades

With a focus on health, and a creative, integrated curriculum, Gordon is a spiritual leader and teacher. He organized Jump Rope for Heart, which has raised more than $13,800 for the American Heart Association, making Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary (SVAE) the organization’s top fundraising school in the county. Gordon also created the campus Lego Robotics Club, which has been a North American Division finalist for the past three years in the Adventist league’s regional competition.

Gordon demonstrates a genuine interest in the well-being of others. He organizes track and field, presidential fitness awards, an annual field day, and an annual ski day for SVAE. Gordon also makes a weekly newsletter for parents, involves students in community service projects such as the Adopt-a-Highway program, and participates in a weekend Bible Club for seventh and eighth graders.

In 2009 Gordon endured the tragic illness and death of his daughter, Valerie. Parents, students and faculty witnessed his unshaken faith.

“Because of that horrible experience, students have commented to me that they don’t understand how I didn’t throw God out the window,” he said. “When those comments are made, I have the privilege of sharing my testimony.”

Award presentation was Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary.

AAF Board Member Keith White presented the award to Gordon.

Visit our Photo Gallery for more coverage of the award presentation.

See all 10 Phenomenal Teachers Awarded.

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