David Boyd, Amber Damm recognized with Alumni Awards
The North Central Alumni Association is pleased to honor Alumnus of the Year, David Boyd (1981) and Young Alumnus of the Year Amber (Place) Damm (1998), as 2009 Alumni Association award recipients. The two were presented with their award at the 2009 Partners for Progress banquet on October 29, 2009. The annual awards are given to alums that have shown excellence in their pursuits after graduation from North Central.
Rev. David Boyd currently serves as the National Director of the Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC) for the Assemblies of God. David’s wife Mary (Smolucka) is also a graduate of North Central and has worked alongside David in Children’s Ministries for the 28 years that they’ve been married. Together they have authored 20 books, including materials on leading children into the baptism in the Holy Spirit and various children’s ministries resources. Under the guidance and leadership of the David and Mary, BGMC has raised well over 3 million dollars this year alone. For more information on BGMC please visit http://bgmc.ag.org
Amber Damm was named Minnesota teacher of the year on May 3, 2009. Currently Damm teaches at Clara Barton Middle School in the Minneapolis Public School District where she teaches 7th and 8th grade English and Language. Damm graduated from North Central University in 1998 with a B.A. in Humanities and Communications. Her aspirations of becoming an architect during high school were redirected when she felt the Lord calling her to be a teacher during a camp at Spencer Lake in Wisconsin. Since becoming a teacher Mrs. Damm has committed herself to each and every student no matter their situation. With a committment like that it's easy to understand her selection as Teacher of the Year.
As Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Damm has fulfilled numerous speaking engagements across the state of Minnesota, sharing her conviction regarding the great value and importance of each and every individual student. Damm will continue to represent the teachers and students of Minnesota for the remainder of the school year. She will also travel to Washington, DC as Minnesota’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year where she will attend a ceremony with fellow nominees from across the country.