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Vista Ridge Academy's Sandy Hepp Commissioned »
Sandy Hepp, kindergarten teacher and director of the early childhood program at Vista Ridge Academy, was commissioned at Boulder Adventist Church last Sabbath, December 9.
Commissioning is the highest honor the Adventist church gives to teachers in ministry. Sandy's goal is “for each student to find their own personal friendship with Jesus, and to know they are uniquely created by design and claim God as their Father.”
"It was a great honor to recognize Sandy Hepp with a Commissioning service in her home church, Boulder Adventist Church. Sandy represents a Master teacher and it is not only her professionalism, dedication and years of service, but her love for Jesus that is reflected in her love for her students," commented Diane Harris, RMC associate superintendent of education.
Sandy is the third commissioned teacher at Vista Ridge Academy. She began teaching at VRA for the 2014-2015 school year. After attending Brighton Adventist Academy and graduating from Campion Academy, she obtained a dental assisting certification with EDDA. She always wanted to be a teacher, she remembers, and continued her interest in childhood education by getting an early childhood director certification. Sandy used her extensive knowledge and professional skills to benefit Brighton, Vista Ridge, and other RMC schools for the past twenty years.
"The Commissioning service is a special recognition of service and dedication to Adventist education," Sandy Hodgson, VRA principal, said.
"Ms. Sandy makes me happy when she plays games with me, and I'm happy that she taught me how to read," Renee Cline, a Kindergarten student, said about her teacher.
[RMCNews with Marsha Bartulec; photo by Marsha Bartulec: Sandy is pictured with VRA principal Sandy Hodgson, RMC associate superintendent of education Diane Harris, and RMC vice president for education Lonnie Hetterle]