Story by Tiffany Doss
Stephen Laing recently joined the Potomac Conference as vice president for education. Since 2013 Laing served as principal of the Newbury Park Adventist Academy (Calif.). “Steve has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator,” says Bill Miller, president. “He has a passion for strengthening academics, enhancing the learning experience, creating environments for healthy spiritual growth and moving Adventist education forward.”
In his time at Newbury, Laing helped incorporate advance placement programs, secured a six-year accreditation and developed a marketing/development program. In addition, Laing has served as principal of Whispering Pines Elementary School (N.Y.), vice principal of South Lancaster Academy (Mass.) and as a history teacher in many schools, including Loma Linda Academy (Calif.), where he received an award for Teacher of the Year.
In his first months at the conference, Laing visited each school to meet administrators and assess how the education department can be a greater resource to each site’s needs. “Laing offers a wealth of experience and knowledge that will continue to grow Adventist education in our conference, both spiritually and academically,” says Miller. “We look forward to working with him as we continue to invest in the vision of our Potomac schools.”
The Potomac Conference operates 20 schools, educating over 1,700 students, from pre-k to 12th grade.