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Olney Teacher Receives Alumni Foundation Award

By Melissa Cechota

Second-grade teacher Carol Oster from Olney Adventist Preparatory School in Olney, Md., was one of 10 teachers across North America to be chosen for the Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) Excellence in Teaching Award. Finalists were selected on a basis of classroom innovation, passion for teaching, professional growth and commitment to Adventist education. “We look for teachers who are leaders at their schools, teachers who inspire both their peers and their students,” explains Melanie Eddlemon, AAF director.

Oster was selected, in part, for her practice of differentiation—allowing advanced students to excel to the next level and working with those who need additional help, including afterschool assistance.

“Carol is, by all accounts, a truly outstanding educator in every way,” comments Hamlet Canosa, EdD, vice president for Education in the Columbia Union. “Nominated in 2009 for the Columbia Union Outstanding Educator Award, the Columbia Union Office of Education has long known of Carol’s admirable personal and professional qualities and we join all others who offer their congratulations to, and gratitude for, Carol and her vital education ministry.”

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