November 30, 2010
For the eighth year in a row, a teacher from Monterey Bay Academy (MBA) has been named a Teacher of Excellence by the Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF). Each spring the AAF selects only 10 recipients out of countless teachers nominated across North America for the Teacher of Excellence award. “Although the foundation board’s purpose is to look for excellence in all schools in the NAD, consistently MBA has nominated teachers who undeniably deserve this recognition,” states Melanie Litchfield, Director of the Alumni Awards Foundation. “It’s unprecedented in our 15-year history of this award that one academy has eight consecutive Excellence in Teaching Awards.”
This year’s recipient, Robert Nobuhara, MBA’s Biosciences and Marine Biology teacher, has been honored with this award. “Mr. Nobuhara’s recognition is due in large part to his instrumental role in the renovation and expansion of MBA’s Marine Biology program including an 840-gallon tropical salt water tank filled with fish and coral from Fiji, Samoa, and the Great Barrier Reef,” explains MBA principal Tim Kubrock. Nobuhara states, “Perhaps through this window, students may see the Creator’s workmanship and come to know Him—that is my ultimate desire.” His class activities routinely involve tide-pooling, sea kayaking, and whalewatching, as well as extended field trips to Costa Rica or scuba diving in La Paz, Mexico. College professors comment on how well-prepared Nobuhara’s former students are that are enrolled in college pre-med courses.
Nobuhara joins the ranks of six Teacher of Excellence award recipients still serving at MBA in the areas of Math, Science, English, and History.