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The Laugh Factory
The Value of a Teacher
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Important Dates

August 19, 2012 


5 Life Lessons


Forgive everyone everything.


 What other people think of you is none of your business.


Time heals almost everything. Give time time.


However good or bad a situation is, it will change.


Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.



The Truth Is ...


"My time at MBA was the pivotal experience in my life. Today, sixty years later, my life is still guided by the spiritual orientation instilled through the ministry of MBA to a troubled teen. The ministry that I am still involved in - being a Christian author and a pastor to the church of the unchurched (The Good News Rescue Mission) - had its origins in the Godly nurture I received at MBA so long ago."


Pastor James V. Potter. Ph.D.

Class of 1954



"Monterey Bay Academy has filled a pivotal role in not only my own education, but also in my wife.  The legacy of spiritually-based teaching and mentorship, superb musical organizations, and a continued commitment to academic excellence makes MBA truly one of a kind!"


Joe L. Wheeler, Ph.D.
Class of 1954

Author, Christmas in My Heart book series 





"My conversion to Christ at MBA set my life in a direction that cannot be described in words, because it has been an experience.  I could never repay the valuable training and life preparation I received at MBA."


Jose Rojas, Class of 1978


Director, Volunteer Ministries, North American Division of SDA







"I am indebted to the teachers and leaders that I now realize were making great sacrifices to work at MBA.  The education, discipline, and life-long friendships from my years at MBA are invaluable assets that will live with me forever." 


Scott Nelson, M.D., Class of 1988 


Medical Director, CURE International, Haiti and Santo Domingo





"The atmosphere at MBA is very warm and supportive, the teachers are very Christ centered, the school offers many interesting opportunities for a variety of activities, and the campus is an idyllic place to attend school."


Lindsey Henning, Class of 2011

  Sonora, CA





"I feel a certain pride toward MBA.  I feel it is a school that really develops a child's character.  Compared to other schools I have seen, MBA seems so personal and because of the boarding school experience, it is like a family.  I feel very attached to MBA and being at MBA makes me feel like part of a kind of special 'club', a club connected with God that has many members that all have that same feeling." 


Danica Betts, Class of 2011 



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Past Issues
August 3, 2012                                                 
From the Editor

One of my coworkers, Kinzie (Yoder) Speyer '76, recently shared this quote with me,


A good example is the best sermon. ~ Benjamin Franklin


As the new school year approaches, I am reminded of all the teachers who were an example and influence in my life.


In fourth grade there was Ms. Sally who gave me the tools to pass my math class,


In high school it was Mrs. Enos who gave me a love of communication and English,


and finally,


In college Dr. Richard Webb '84, a MBA alum, was instrumental in helping me pass astronomy.


You never know how you will be remembered by a person beyond the few moments you spend with them in class or at work. Who knows--you may be the only sermon that person will ever hear. 



Marci Scott
Assistant to Charlotte Henderson, Director of Development
Where Land Sea Unite to Inspire (Quote of the Month) 
"Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops." ~Henry Brooks Adams
MBA News

Soquel Camp Meeting, July 12-21, 2012. Monterey Bay Academy was at the camp meeting trailer at Soquel Camp Meeting with a special gift for our alums. Over 40 alums stopped by the trailer to visit with representatives from MBA.


School starts on Monday, August 20, 2012. Registration is Sunday, August 19, 2012. 

The Laugh Factory 




The Value of a Teacher 


One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.


Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish the assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.


That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.


On Monday, she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn't know others liked me so much," were most of the comments.


No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on...


Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature. The church was packed with his friends. One by one, those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin ..

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her.


"Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked.


She nodded: "yes." 


Then he said: "Mark talked about you a lot."


After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.


"We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket, "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it."


Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of
notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.


"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it."


All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home."


Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."


"I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."


Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all times," Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: "I think we all saved our lists."


That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.



The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be. So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.




MBA Trivia Contest
If you know the answer to this month's MBA trivia question, email your answer ASAP to The first person with the correct answer will be this month's winner and that name will be placed in our grand-prize annual drawing for a free weekend stay at Monterey Bay Academy. Click on Contest Details for more information.

Answer to Question for July 2012


How much was the annual tuition (not including room and board) for MBA in 1950?   


Answer: It cost $288.00 in tuition for a student to attend MBA.


Winner:  No winner this month.




Question for August 2012

How many dorm rooms are there in the girls dorm? The closest guess wins. 




NAD Adventist Education Convention - Nashville - August 5-8, 2012

Many of our MBA faculty and staff are presenting at the convention. Please let us know if you are an alum. The first dozen that make themselves known to Alumni Director Charlotte Henderson will receive a free MBA gift. Find her!!


Calling for Memorabilia MBA is looking for your memorabilia for our alumni museum. You can send your class shirts, jackets, sweaters, and other MBA memorabilia to Monterey Bay Academy, Alumni Department, 783 San Andreas Rd. La Selva Beach, CA 95076. Dennis and Diane (Luther) Birk '62, recently sent in a lot of their MBA memorabilia, i.e. programs, Seaweeds, etc. Curtis Birth '63, sent in his class sweater. Keep it coming alums!


Sunday, August 26, 2012 New Student Welcome will be hosted by the MBA Alumni Association. There will be dinner and a program down at the beach at 4:30 p.m. Help us welcome these brand-new-to-MBA students into the life-long MBA family! RSVP to or call 831-728-1481 ext, 1246.


Career Day - Sunday, September 30, 2012 Alums call the alumni office if you are interested in speaking about your career to MBA students at our annual Career Day. Students love hearing directly from you! Career Day ends at 1 pm. If you are interested call 831-728-1481 ext. 1246.


63rd Alumni Weekend April 25-28, 2013 Looking forward to seeing you during MBA's 63rd Alumni Weekend! Remember, Alumni Weekend is always the fourth weekend in April. Mark your calendars! 



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