KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Mary Randolph, a teacher at Berean Christian School for nearly a decade, was recently selected as a Class Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Mary was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession.
Mary teaches 9th and 10th grade Bible class and has sponsored the Key Club and coached girls soccer at the upper campus in past years. She says that the smaller class sizes at Berean allow for more personalized instruction and the ability to truly build relationships with each student.
“It is so meaningful to receive the Claes Nobel award because it was a student that nominated me, and they are entirely the reason that I do what I do,” said Randolph. “As a teacher, it is always encouraging to get positive feedback from students, but it is even more special when they do it unprompted, going out of their way to do so.”
The Educators of Distinction program honors teachers worldwide and the differences they are making as a leader and a source of inspiration in the profession. According to the Society, the award recognizes “exemplary educators whose passion and devotion inspire their students to grow and develop as scholars, leaders and citizens.” Nominations are submitted by student members of the NSHSS each year.
“Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve our highest praise and appreciation,” said NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “Through our Educators of Distinction program and the grants we provide to support professional development and enrich classroom instruction, we hope to acknowledge and encourage the vital work of the teachers, counselors and administrators who are shaping the intellect and character of our young scholars.”
As an Educator of Distinction, Mary Randolph is now eligible to apply for grants to attend professional conferences, pursue advanced degrees and enhance the delivery of classroom instruction. She may also apply for the Claes Nobel Educator of the Year award, which provides $5,000 to one educator and $1,000 to nine other recipients for their impact on young future leaders.
This past week I was asked by Mr. Brown, to speak about real estate in his economics class. They are starting their economics business project. We viewed the parallels of running a business for the class project, the business of Berean Christian School and running a real estate business. It was a good discussion and encouraging to hear the seniors engage the topic.
For the past seven years, my wife and I have learned a lot in the business arena. Kirk Finnerty has been working for years in it and has many good stories that help illustrate many points of sound practice.
We discussed surveying the market, advertising, bringing a product to market, price setting, asset protection, product control, sustainability, etc. Mr. Brown has done this class assignment for years and it has been great to see the students take it seriously and some have since found a lot of success.
One of the age-old questions in education is “When am I ever going to use this stuff?” Class projects, internships, guest speakers, creative thinking all help students build skills that can translate directly to the business world.
We also want to continue to draw in parents, as many of you are entrepreneurs and have found achievement through sound business practices. Linking some of our courses to this entrepreneur’s hub is also something that we intend to do. We now have an OSE (out of school experience) course, computer/marketing, personal finance, government and econ, landscaping, and what next?
Such guest speakers, courses and creative internships can and do support our core values. We must be excellent at what we do, look to grow, give back and seek God’s blessing. As we do so, we look forward to building good education and good business skills that can serve God’s Kingdom well.
If you would be interested to come into our school to give a 30-minute presentation about your business, that could be very valuable and encouraging. Please let me know.
Looking Forward, Jon Farra