Wednesday, April 16, 2014

El Dorado Adventist teacher gets national award

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Guadalupe Negrete, seventh grade teacher at El Dorado Adventist School, was presented with a national award on June 8. Negrete is among 10 teachers selected this spring by the Alumni Award Foundation to receive a 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award ceremony was held at 10:30 a.m. at Placerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6831 Mother Lode Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. The award includes a medallion and $2,000 gift.

Guadalupe Negrete has a gift for loving and connecting with the junior high students. Because of her eighth grade Appreciation Dinner and her care for her students, their parents and prospective new families, the retention rate for eighth grade increased from 50 percent to 90 percent and the high school has doubled in size over the last four years.

“One of Lupe Negrete’s greatest gifts to us here at EAS is her commitment to continuing education,” said Nancy Schoonover, the third and fourth grade teacher at EAS.

Her classes are always interactive. Her Spanish and art class lessons often include students creating Spanish art projects as well as preparing Spanish cuisine that the whole classroom enjoys. Also, her classroom is a model of creative artifacts and visuals.

“Lupe’s creativity with a vast array of subjects can seem exhausting to some, but she tackles many jobs in a small high school with vigor,” said Schoonover. “Whether she is doing cooking demonstrations with her culinary arts class, creating new art and design programs for her high school electives, running science camps, or even putting on yearly musical productions, Lupe’s intensity in the classroom is apparent.”

Negrete is always looking for ways of updating or revamping her classes so that the student receives the best education. She stays updated on new technology programs in the classroom and strives to experiment with newer teaching methodologies and practices.

“I want to make a positive difference,” Negrete said. “My goal is to create meaningful learning experiences.”

She will spend her lunches and free periods helping students master a tough Spanish phrase or comfort a student who may be having relationship problems.

EAS Principal Larry Ballew said, “She is a fun person who laughs with her students, is serious with them, prays with them, guides them and forgives them.”

“It is these and many more experiences that make my life as a teacher exciting, challenging and joyful,’’ Negrete said.

AAF annually selects 10 teachers from the Seventh-day Adventist school systems across North America.

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. AAF develops new ways to fund, advance and sustain excellence in the Seventh-day Adventist schools in North America. The education system includes 915 elementary and high schools, 15 colleges and universities, and 4,699 teachers. Learn more at


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