Best Educator and Next to Best School Awards
Cherokee Scout readers voted Opal Cornwell “Best Educator”, and Murphy Adventist Christian School “Honorable Mention” to “Best School” of Cherokee County, North Carolina. The Scout has a circulation of more than 9,500 copies, and along with the school (MACS), is based in the foothills of Murphy, NC. Mrs. Cornwell was a student of MACS in its first year of service and has taught there for 22 years.
Amy Stephens, facilitator of the Murphy Adventist Christian High School (MACHS), has been working along side of Mrs. Cornwell for 10 years. Mrs. Stephens realizes the “wonderful blessing” that Mrs. Cornwell has been to the students. “She has a sincere love and dedication to the Christ-centered education that is taught at MACS,” Mrs. Stephens elaborated. The Head Teacher of MACS, Cheri Jenkins, praises the “encouraging words and ready smile” that Mrs. Cornwell passes on to her students, while teaching in a “creative, hands-on, and professional manner.”
One of Mrs. Cornwell’s kindergarten students from last year, who is presently performing at the 2nd grade level, remembers the “fun projects” she experienced in Mrs. Cornwell’s class. A favorite lesson incorporated “dough and feathers” in teaching “science and art.” Another student, a 4th grader, eagerly contributed, “Mrs. Cornwell loves everyone, even people she doesn’t know, which is why she is the ‘Best Educator,’ for she ‘loves at all times’”(Prov. 17:17). It must be so, for Opal Cornwell has been known for her expressions of love: “Love this school and all it stands for; love all the precious children; love my job; love my God most of all.”