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Abdiel Custodio (at pulpit), Vine Haven school board co-chair, presents the Hi5 certificate to Fabiola Moreno (left), joined by some of her students.

Vine Haven Instructor Receives ‘Hi5 for Teachers’ Award

Story by Dulce Gabriel

Fabiola Moreno, a teacher at New Jersey Conference's Vine Haven Adventist School in Vineland, N.J., recently received a Hi5 for Teachers Award. Hi5 for Teachers is an organization that exists to affirm and encourage K–12 teachers and students in the North American Division in tangible ways. Teachers are nominated, and if selected, receive $500 from the organization. Of that amount, $250 is for them to use at their discretion and the other $250 is to use for a classroom project. Moreno plans to use the money to buy multimeters, circuit boards and other materials to enhance the electrical science unit she will be covering and some gym equipment to use during the winter months.

In college, Moreno switched majors because she felt God’s call to become a teacher. In 2016, she became a part-time teacher’s assistant at Vine Haven and has now worked there for three years. Last summer, she took two classes for certification, as well as STEM and middle school math courses. Leaders say Moreno is a faithful worker in God’s ministry who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

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