Val became a Seventh-day Adventist Christian when she was 17 years old. The day of her baptism, she met her husband, Steve, of 35 years! Val has taught grades 3-6 at Mesa Grande Academy, La Sierra Academy, and Desert Adventist Academy, but her happiest years have been here at Escondido Adventist Academy! The Blues have 2 grown men for sons! Jonny, a physical therapist living in Vista, just married Natalie last May, and Nathan, a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow at University of New Mexico Medical Center, is married to Cheri, and they have according to Mrs. Blue, the cutest and smartest grandchildren on the planet!
Personal Mission Statement:
Mrs. Blue believes that there is no greater calling than to teach young people each day about the love and grace of Jesus Christ! Her goal is that children feel nurtured in her classroom where respect and success for each one is celebrated, and praise, rather than criticism, is their standard form of communication. She wants children to learn to think independently, to act responsibly, and to know that making mistakes is a part of learning.
B.A. Liberal Arts La Sierra University
Professional Teaching Certificate Pacific Union Conference
Mentor Teacher for Southeastern CA Conference for over 15 years
Teaching Students with Autism: Strategies for Success Certificate of Completion
Endorsed in Elementary Education, Jr. Academy History, Jr. Academy Religion
Alumni Awards Excellence in Teaching Award-Ten of North America’s highest quality teachers awarded from nominations provided by principals, superintendents, colleagues, and former students.
Thomas and Violet Zapara Excellence in Teaching Award-Qualifications for receiving the Zapara Award include spiritual credibility, concern for students, student evaluations, and relationship to colleagues.
North American Division Curriculum Committee
Teachers 4 Teachers Mentorship Program
Hobbies / Interests:
Val loves to be involved in church activities, reading, baking, and traveling, but most of all spending time with her family.
Favorite Bible Text:
The 23rd Psalm: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me unto paths of righteousness for His Namesake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me. Your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen!"