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Jim Minty of Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary Receives National Award

Jim Minty, teacher at Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School, was presented with a national award on Tuesday, May 14. Minty is among 10 teachers selected this spring by the Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) to receive a 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award. The award ceremony was held at 6 pm at 115 Bindery Road, New Market, Va. The award includes a medallion and $2,000 gift sponsored by Andrews University.

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Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, Jim Minty, receives his medallion, certificate of excellence and $2,000 cash gift from Joyce White, AAF representative.

Minty teaches valuable skills to his students in 5th and 8th grade. He takes extra time with struggling students to guarantee success by adapting assignments for slower learners and helping sick students stay caught up. He also arrives at school early and stays late to help students. His 5th and 8th grade classes had a combined average in the 95th percentile on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

“Without a doubt, Jim is a true professional educator that’s dedicated to his students learning,” says Keith Hallam, vice president of education of the Potomac Conference.

Minty addresses social issues such as bullying and establishes his classroom a safe environment. His goal is for all students to not just be accepted, but where every student feels celebrated for whom they are. “I believe as strongly today as when I started that our young people need good teachers, good role models, and good friends as they are growing up,” Minty says. “That is what I strive to be each day with God’s help.”

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Jim Minty is awarded the Alumni Awards Foundations 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award. Back Row (left to right):  George Jetter, school Board Chairman; Dan Jensen, Potomac Conference Director of Communications; Shane Anderson, New Market Church pastor

Front Row (left to right):  Joyce White, AAF Representative; Joe Fralick, principal; Jim Minty, award recipient; Linda Minty, recipient’s wife

Minty is intentional and effective at incorporating spiritual lessons into his daily classes and exhibits a true spirit of service. “He consistently works with humility to bless others,” says Principal Joe Fralick. Minty offers baptismal classes for his students and takes his classes to visit shut-ins and nursing homes.

“The rewards on this earth are great, but the rewards in heaven will be even greater as I see students I have taught and get to spend eternity with them and Jesus,” Minty says.

AAF annually selects 10 teachers from the Seventh-day Adventist school systems across North America. The 10 finalists will be celebrated in upcoming weeks.

Each year AAF partners with Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities to honor 10 excellent teachers. Minty’s award was made possible through the generous support of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Minty is an alumni of Andrews University.

AAF is a nonprofit organization that has awarded grants to Seventh-day Adventist schools and teachers totaling more than $2 million. Since its establishment in 1995, the organization has recognized 115 exceptional teachers with an Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2011, AAF refocused and created the Renaissance Network, an initiative that improves the level of excellence in Adventist schools by providing leadership expertise, vision, resources and training. AAF aims to awaken the Adventist community to the full potential in Adventist education.  Learn more at AlumniAwards.org.

-Kayce Foote

Photographer: Jeffry Vergara