PAA Welcomes Back Teacher

December 01, 2011 | Liesl Vistaunet

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) welcomes back Mark Kooy to the fine arts department. He returned to PAA from a one-year educational sabbatical to learn Rhino, a 3-D imagining software program. The new software will enhance the PAA curriculum, which Kooy also took sabbatical time to rewrite.

Kooy's students are already benefiting from his time away. They began the school year by designing lights and will soon be learning about space and motion. The overall changes benefit the students in many ways. "Now our students will have a sequential art experience from basic to advanced visual arts for college-prep and scholarship opportunities," says Kooy.

As advances in technology continue, PAA teachers like Kooy will continue to keep their curricula up to date. "It's important to integrate new media and techniques to the program while staying true to the principles of creative process as well as inspiration from Genesis and the book Education by Ellen G. White," says Kooy.