A teacher of 31 years and in four states, Gordon Miller, the seventh and eighth grade teacher at Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary school, was chosen by the Alumni Awards Foundation to receive the Excellence in Teaching award. Miller was presented with the award in a ceremony at SVAE on May 12, 2011
“What I appreciate so much about Gordon is his amazing ability to connect with his students,” said Joe Fralick, principal at SVAE. “He’s also a teacher who’s willing to go the extra mile and create an environment that fosters a desire to learn.”
The Alumni Award Foundation is a nonprofit organization that annually recognizes teachers for their contributions and commitment to Adventist education. According to AAF, recipients of this award are chosen based on “classroom innovation, passion for teaching, professional growth and commitment to Adventist Education.”
Even Miller’s students have recognized his commitment to their education. “As an exchange student, he’s very patient with me, and I sincerely appreciate that,” said Ming Kim a seventh-grade student from Incheon, South Korea.
Miller believes becoming a teacher in an Adventist school was one of his best decisions.
“I chose to be a teacher in an Adventist school because I knew that I would have the ability to touch and change lives here on earth, but also to assist in, hopefully, helping them to choose to be a part of God’s eternal family.”