Teachers, we honor your calling to a
profession of building up young people at this pivotal point in
earth's history when so many forces are intent on tearing them down.
Your daily personal involvement in each student's mental,
physical and spiritual growth is duly noted by heavenly
Up to the Challenge
Joy Deurksen, Champion mountain bike racer, PE teacher
How many teachers do you know who have calf tattoos exactly
the size and shape of a mountain bike disk brake? Meet Joy
Duerksen, United States National Champion Mountain Bike Racer
(women's expert class, 2007, California Champion in 2006 and
Joy is PE teacher at Redlands Academy, an Adventist
school in California, where she teaches girls in grades 6-10
along with additional classes in health and geography.
“She's the best teacher I've had,” says one of
her students. “She's hard on us, but we all know she
really likes us!”
“I can't imagine riding as
many miles as she does each week,” says one of her fellow
teachers, “but one of the best places to find Joy
is somewhere up in the mountains near Big Bear-riding
lickety-split through the trees.”
Joy rides 150-200
miles per week, plus races. Though she has raced with
Specialized for the past several years, in 2009 she's racing as
a PRO and is on a new team racing for Trek Bicycles-and riding a
fancy new Gary Fisher bike. Though most of her racing is on
mountain bikes, she's recently added a number of road races to
her schedule-and has just won the Boulevard SW 3/4 in Southern
“Amazing!” Joy wrote after the
Boulevard race. “Hardest day on the bike I can remember.
My race was in 36-degree weather with steady heavy rain with
standing water. It came down to an uphill 5-mile finish
with one girl and me going back and forth. But with 200 m to go
I sprinted to clinch the win.”
Best Job in the World
Tonya Wessman, Teacher
It's exciting to see students master a new concept,
perform a play or song, fluently recite a poem or scripture
verse, or just read a book. Children's minds are amazing.
My job requires long hours and lots of energy. There are
frustrations. But it's worth every bit of it. The reward of
seeing a child learn and the love I receive back from the kids
makes me excited to get up and go to work every single morning.
I have the best job in the world.
Scholarships Turn Dream into Reality
Jaime Rodriguez, History professor
I remember being an academy senior. I thought it would be
my last year ever at an Adventist school, because I didn't have
the money to pay for an Adventist college education. However, I
met with Lorne Glaim, a history professor at the nearby
When I walked into the room to talk with
him, I saw the face of someone who cared about my education and
my future. I had seen this face many times in my Adventist
education, from Carolyn Hayes in first grade to Walt Meske, my
Glaim listened to my plans and told me
not to give up on Adventist education. He said he had watched me
grow as a student, and he had seen great potential in me to be a
history teacher-or even a history professor.
A few months
later, I won two significant scholarships and was able to
make plans to continue my education at an Adventist college.