Concordia Shanghai teacher receives Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Teacher Award
Concordia International School Shanghai Grade 8 Teacher Terry Umphenour was selected as the Distinguished Lutheran K-8 Educator for 2015. On March 23rd, Dr. John Laabs, executive director of the Lutheran Education Association, visited Concordia to present Mr. Terry Umphenour with the award in front of a special assembly of middle and high school students and faculty.
“This is a great school with great teachers,” said Dr. Laab as he addressed the assembly, “and I know all of you appreciate, even more than I do, the great teachers that you have here.” He went on to mention the various programs and accomplishments that have distinguished Umphenhour as an exceptional teacher who gets students excited about learning and teaches them that God has a plan for each of them. Dr. Laab read statements that colleagues and parents had offered up in support of Umphenhour’s nomination. One parent wrote that Mr. Umphenhour’s “commitment to service and developing student leadership is legendary,” and the experiences that he has had are ones that we can all learn from.
Amidst enthusiastic applause, Umphenhour accepted the honor humbly. “I’m no different from anybody else here,” he said simply, “I’ve just been in the right place at the right time to do what God wanted me to do, and I hope that I will have the chance to continue to do it.”
In addition to creating exceptional academic experiences for students, Terry Umphenhour has authored and published several books for young adults and developed various leaderships programs for students and teachers that have taken place in adventurous locations, such as mountains, deserts and rainforests, and even underwater.