If you have attended Madison Campus Elementary School (MCE) in Madison, Tenn., in the past 28 years, it is likely you had Myrna Closser as your teacher. Her teaching career began in 1982 at Forest Lake Education Center in Apopka, Fla. Two years later, she and her husband, Jim, moved to Madison, where she began teaching at MCE. Besides taking time off to raise her son, Jimmy, she has spent her entire 30-year teaching career in the Southern Union.
Closser enriched the lives of her students, not to just educate them for this world, but most importantly, for eternity. Her former students and parents have expressed the important role she played in molding and shaping their lives. She ended every school year with her students by having them sign a contract that they would meet the first Sabbath in Heaven by the Tree of Life. Without a doubt there will be many students gathered around her on that special day in Heaven.
The Kentucky-Tennessee Conference thanks Closser for her service and dedication to Adventist education. –Pam Williams
After 45 years serving the Seventh-day Adventist Church as an extraordinary educator, 17 of those years at Madison Academy (MA), Donald Harvey announced his retirement. His students considered his science classes extremely rigorous, but often retuned from college to thank him for ensuring they were among the most prepared for college-level chemistry, biology, and physics. Harvey has an enormous passion for the world God created, and the laws that govern it. His love for science, combined with his desire that others appreciate and understand it, makes him an outstanding teacher. He encourages and challenges his students to reach their full potential.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he engages in campus life like a true professional. Whether cheering on the sidelines for his class, serving lunch with a smile, sharing a nature nugget in worship, or safeguarding the academic integrity of the school, it is obvious that he values Adventist education and loves MA. His investment of time, energy, and intelligence are truly remarkable.
Fortunately for the Madison Academy family, Harvey will be returning next year in a part-time science teaching role. Happily he is not packing his microscope or hanging up his lab coat yet! –Kris Fuentes
Kentucky-Tennessee | August 2017