JNAS Teacher Receives WAU Sponsored Award

Kimberly Terry 3 200 Washington Adventist University (WAU) alumnae and fifth grade teacher at John Nevins Andrews School (JNAS), Kimberly Terry, is one of 10 teachers selected this spring by the Alumni Awards Foundation to receive a 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. Terry’s award includes a medallion and $2,000 sponsored by WAU. The Alumni Awards Foundation supports Seventh-day Adventist schools in North America.

“Kimberly is a multi-talented, dedicated, Christ-like educator, a professional, a great team player, and a service-oriented person who loves the Lord and loves and cares about people, especially children and youth,” said Cavel Melbourne, JNAS principal.


Terry, who is an adjunct faculty member at WAU, began her career at JNAS as the computer teacher and IT specialist. When financial challenges forced the school to discontinue that position, Terry became the fifth grade teacher but continued teaching computer skills and assisting her peers with their use of technology. In addition, she played an instrumental role in purchasing and installing video projectors and screens in several classrooms.

Terry also coaches the girls’ basketball team, assists the music teacher with the hand bell choir, and drives the bus for school trips. She also arranges music performances for the local churches to promote the school and she manages the JNAS Facebook page.

“I choose to work in a system in which I wholeheartedly believe and to which I want to give back,” Terry said. “I would not choose to work anywhere else!”

The Alumni Awards Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve Adventist K-12 education. It has awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to Adventist schools and educators. Since its establishment in 1995, the organization has recognized 106 exceptional teachers with an Excellence in Teaching Award.