Cheri Gregory, BA, Monterey Bay Academy English instructor, received a 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF). The award has been given annually for the past 14 years to Seventh-day Adventist teachers in the North American Division. The foundation exists to recognize excellence in academies, teachers, and among the alumni of all our SDA schools. Mrs. Gregory is the seventh consecutive recipient of this award at MBA. According to the AAF Board of Trustees, this is an unprecedented record for any of the NAD schools. Mrs. Gregory was the Consecration speaker at MBA’s 2009 Graduation Ceremonies. At the conclusion of her talk, the award was presented by Mr. Arpad Soo, AAF Board member, Mr. Vern Biloff, Superintendent of Education for the Central California Conference, and Mr. Tim Kubrock, Principal of Monterey Bay Academy, along with a check for $1,000.
“Mrs. Gregory is a dynamic public speaker, published author, an innovative teacher,” according to Principal Kubrock. She speaks at Christian Women’s Retreats; for MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers); is a certified personality trainer for CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors and Speakers Services); mentor teacher, board member & instructor of AVLN (Adventist Virtual Learning Network); and she recently was invited to be on the faculty of Glorietta Christian Writers Conference. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NTCE) and Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She is currently engaged in graduate studies for a master’s degree in Leadership at Andrews University.
“In each work of literature, we explore the timeless Great Controversy theme: the fall and redemption of mankind. Students see the futility of man’s attempts to elevate himself and recognize everyone’s—and I pray, especially their own—need of a powerful, loving Savior,” states Mrs. Gregory.
Past MBA recipients of the AAF award Betty Baerg 2003, Robert Baerg 2004, Tim Kubrock 2005, Steve Walls 2006, Donna Baerg 2007, and Tim Zytkoskee 2008.