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Foundation Presents Excellence Award to Potomac Teacher

Story by Beth Michaels

Gordon Miller, the seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School (SVAES) in New Market, Va., was one of 10 teachers (out of 45 nominees) across North America to be chosen for the Alumni Awards Foundation’s (AAF) 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award. Finalists are selected for their classroom innovation, passion for teaching, professional growth and commitment to Adventist education. During a recent ceremony, the AAF presented Miller with a medallion, a certificate of excellence and a personal gift of $2,000.

The foundation noted that some attributes that helped Miller earn the award included his sponsorship of SVAES’ Lego Robotics Club, which has been a North American Division finalist for the past three years; his organization of field trips to such places as the nation’s capital and Gettysburg, Pa., to enhance student learning; and his organization of the Jump Rope for Heart event, which has raised $13,800 for the American Heart Association.

“Gordon’s teaching ministry is impressive on a variety of levels,” comments Hamlet Canosa, EdD, Columbia Union vice president for the Office of Education. “Above all, he daily models the life that Christ expects from His teaching ambassadors here in the Columbia Union. We are privileged to have Gordon in our field.”