AWARDS 

PSAHPERD recognizes and awards excellence, dedication, and accomplishments in our field. Awards and descriptions can be found below. Know a professional or future professional in the HPE field that deserves recognition? Nominate them today! Our 2020 Awards Nomination window is now open until April 30th.

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Available Awards: 

  • Teachers of the Year: Honors educators who have made significant contributions to the profession.

    • Dance Educator of the Year: This award is given in two categories – K-12 and College/University.
    • Health Educator of the Year: Given in three categories – K-12, College/University, Public/Commercial/Business/Industry/Workplace: Honors health educators who have made significant contributions to the profession.
    • Physical Education Teachers of the Year: Given in four categories – Elementary, Middle School, High School, College/UniversityHonors physical educators who are deemed to be outstanding with regard to their knowledge, application of pedagogy, and contributions to the profession.
    • Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year: Honors a person who has demonstrated exceptional teaching and leadership in the field.
  • Thom Cobb Emerging Leader Award - Recognizes a young professional (with less than 10 years experience) who exemplifies professionalism, outstanding leadership, and innovation in the profession.
  • Elmer B. Cottrell Award: The highest award given by PSAHPERD, presented to recognize exceptional service and leadership to PSAHPERD and to the profession.
  • Professional Honor Award: (Maximum of 6/year). Recognizes PSAHPERD members who have contributed greatly to the Association and to the profession.
  • Layman Award: Honors a citizen of the state of Pennsylvania who has given meritorious service to the cause of HPERD.
  • Ethel G. Encke Award: Honors a person who has given exceptional service and leadership to the profession.
  • Heritage Award: Recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to women’s sports.
  • Outstanding Future Professional Award: PSAHPERD recognizes a student currently enrolled in her/his final year of undergraduate education, to receive an Outstanding Future Professional (OFP) Award from the Association.  Recipients of this award must be members of PSAHPERD for at least two (2) years and be enrolled in a program of study that involves any of the sub-disciplines of health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or sport. Click here for more information and guidelines
  • Violet Baumgardner Scholarship: PSAHPERD awards this scholarship based on, financial need (Special or Exceptional Circumstances), academic record, professional service and potential, contributions to the Department/College/ University, contributions to the community and/or community service. Click here for more information and guidelines.  

Award Criteria 

  • Individuals may nominate themselves for a PSAHPERD award
  • Nominations for multiple teachers of the year awards and/or special awards are acceptable if the criteria are met  
  • Letters of recommendations for the award candidates cannot be from any awards committee members (due to a conflict of interest).
  • Award winners cannot be on the division’s awards committee due to a conflict of interest.
  • Award winners can only receive the same award once in a lifetime.
  • Award candidates who are eligible for 2 teachers of the year awards will be given the award in which they received the highest score.  The individual will not be eligible for both awards.  
  • Award winners can receive 1 TOY and 1 Special Award maximum per year  (Special awards include: Professional Honor Award, Elmer B. Cottrell Award, Layman Award, Ethel G. Encke Award, Legislative Honor Award, Heritage Awards, Excellence in Coaching Award, Athletic Director of the Year, Teacher/Professional of the Year in Recreation, Adapted Physical Activities Professional Recognition Award, The Heart Award).  
  • Award winners will be given a 1-year membership to PSAHPERD.  

 

K-12 Health/Physical Education Teacher of the Year Eligibility Requirements:

  • Degree and certification as a health/physical education teacher.
  • Teaching responsibility is in one or more grades K-12 health/physical education(dependent on area nominated). 
  • Minimum of five years of teaching experience in health/physical education(dependent on area nominated).
  • Full or part-time teaching contract, current at the time of nomination and selection.
  • Minimum 50% of total teaching responsibility is health/physical education (dependent on area nominated).

 

K-12 Teacher of the Year Criteria:

The applicant must be a teacher who:

  1. Conducts an exemplary program based on SHAPE America standards.
  2. Utilizes various teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students. 
  3. Serves/served as a professional role model in the field.
  4. Participates in professional development opportunities beyond district provided opportunities
  5. Provides service to the profession through advocacy, consultation/in-service training presentations and/or active membership in related professional organizations. 
An application must be completed &  2 letters of recommendation submitted for justification of application responses (one from their administration and one from a colleague) emailed to awards chair with photo and biography

University/College Teacher of the Year Criteria: 

The applicant must be a teacher who:

  1. Utilizes various teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students. 
  2. Demonstrates evidence of scholarship and service through any of the following:
  3. Publications
  4. Presentations at state, district, national, international level
  5. Research
  6. Service on college/university committees 
  7. Service at the state, district and/or national level
  8. Provides service to the profession through advocacy, consultation, in-service training presentations and/or active membership in related professional organizations.

An application must be completed &  2 letters of recommendation submitted for justification of application responses (one from their administration and one from a colleague) emailed to awards chair with photo and biography. 

Teacher of the Year Levels Criteria:

Teachers may have responsibility for teaching grades that cross the different levels, but applications can be submitted for one level only.  Teachers should apply for the level that represents 50% or more of their teaching assignment.

  • Elementary - Kindergarten through Sixth Grade
  • Middle School - Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
  • High School - Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
  • University – Post Secondary with primary responsibility in Health/Physical Education Teacher Education