The Minnesota Conference held teachers’ meetings for all its educators at the North Star Camp on August 2-4, 2016. The three days featured worships, professional presentations and a special dedication service.
Both elementary and Maplewood Academy teachers heard presentations on 21st Century learning by Mile High Academy principal, Toakase Vunileva. Ms. Vunileva shared her passion for making SDA education more relevant through project based education. Kimberly Miller shared with elementary teachers the ASSIST and PFE programs that seek to match elementary and high school students with a senior mentor. The program administered through Southern Adventist University offers tuition-earning grants. Carol Raney, who serves as Origins Educator at Southern Adventist University, showed teachers a number of online resources available to teachers to reinforce the belief in God as the Creator.
Wednesday night, many of the teachers were awarded service pins for 5-10-15, 20-25-30 and 35 years of service. Northwoods Elementary School’s Catherine Tomlinson, Southview Christian School’s Rayleen Hansen, Maranatha Adventist School’s Vickie Martin and Trudy Smith Adventist Christian School’s Sandra Daniels all received 30-year service pins. Stone Ridge SDA Christian School’s Rudy Carlson, Jr. received a 35-year service pin.
Minnesota Conference vice-president, Brian Mungandi, offered a dedication prayers for the teachers on Wednesday night and also challenged them with a devotional Thursday morning on “The Parable of the Lost Coin” in Luke 15.
“I am very happy to get acquainted with the Minnesota Conference teachers,” Superintendent of Education, John Bedell said. “With God’s help and wisdom, we are looking forward to a great school year.”
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