The silver medallion which accompanies the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching has the Calvin heart-in-hand logo in the center, surrounded by symbols of the three offices--prophet, priest, and king--to which Christ and all believers have been called. All believers share in Christ's annointing. as prophets, we confess his name; as priests, we present ourselves as living sacrifices of praise; as kings, we battle against sin and the devil in this life, and reign with Christ over all creation for eternity. In the work and life of an exemplary teacher, we see these offices faithfully fulfilled.
The crown symbolizes the office of king. Exemplary teaching means that we proclaim the lordship of Christ in our lives, in our classrooms, and in the entire cosmos.
Aaron's staff, in full blossom, represents the office of priest. Aaron was chosen by God to be his priest, and exemplary teaching demands that we show our students what it means to give God our lives in joyful sacrifice to him.
The snake lifted up in the wilderness symbolizes the office of prophet. As prophets, we lift up the name of the Lord and we testify to the good news of salvation in Christ. Exemplary teaching requires that God's glory and grace shine in all that we do and say.
The combined image of the Calvin logo ringed by the symbols of these offices represents the integration of faith and learning that characterizes exemplary teaching at Calvin College.
The tri-colored ribbon from which the medallion will hang also reflects the triple office of the believer: purple for the royalty of Christ, red for the high priest who became the ultimate atonement for sin, and blue for the voice of the prophet who declares shalom and justice by confessing the name of the Lord.