Every year, each state selects outstanding teachers in the fields of health, PE and dance. These state winners then apply to one of six districts. Each of the six districts then selects winners who compete for the title of National Teacher of the Year. This year the Mid-West District of AAHPERD selected three West Virginia teachers to compete for national honors.
Eloise Elliott was selected as the health educator of the year in the Agency Division. She holds a Ph.D. from Concord University and was selected for creating and developing the Healthy Hearts Program, an online education program for fifth graders, which is used throughout the state. Dr. Elliott helped develop the stateís Content Standards and Objectives for health and physical education and serves on several committees and elected to offices in AAHPERD.
Rod Auvil, selected as the Physical Education Middle School Teacher of the Year, is a physical education teacher at Taylor Middle School and coaches wrestling and volleyball at Grafton High School. He also was involved in the development of the education standards for West Virginia and holds an elected office with the West Virginia AHPERD.
Sue Childers teaches physical education at Parkersburg South High School and was selected as the Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She is a former president of WVAHPERD, but remains active in leadership roles at the local, state and national levels.
Each will go on to compete against winners from five other districts. The health education winners will be announced in January, while the physical education winners will be announced at the national convention in Salt Lake this spring.
For more information about the AAHPERD and health and physical education in West Virginia, contact Bane McCracken, coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Educationís Office of Student Services and Health Promotion, at (304) 558-8830.