Any health education teacher who meets the eligibility requirements and exemplifies the criteria below may be nominated for this award.
- Current membership in INSHAPE.
- Minimum of five years of teaching experience.
- Degree and certification in teaching.
- Full time teaching at time of application submission and selection.
- Minimum of 50% of total job responsibilities is teaching health education at K-12 level.
The applicant must be a teacher who:
- Conducts a comprehensive and diverse health education program that utilizes the Essential Components of Health Education as reflected in the National Health Education Standards and other best practices.
- Describe your utilization of student assessment, one of the Essential Components of Health Education.
- Provides volunteer service at the school or community levels.
- Provides service to local, state or national professional associations/organizations.
- Shows evidence of meritorious professional activity in at least three (3) of the following: innovative teaching, publications, presentations, funded research or programs, special projects, or other health related activities.
Complete online application according to deadline on main Awards page.
Application requires one (1) letter of recommendation from applicant’s principal or colleague. The letter should be directly related to the award criteria.
Selection and Recognition Process
- The Awards Committee will select one award recipient from the pool of qualified applicants.
- Applicants will be notified by early Fall.
- The award will be presented at the State Conference in November.
- Award recipient is expected to present a session at the State Conference the following year.
Previous Award Recipients
2022 Reese Ryzewski
2021 Lindsay Carl
2020 Wendy Mirwaldt
2019 Melanie Busch
2018 Andrea McMurtry
2017 Cassie Brooks
2016 Maria Hallman
2015 Jenny Berju
2013 Heidi Dawn Stan
2012 Renee Frimming
2010 Gary DeHaven
2008 Barbi Kern
2006 Katherine Nalley Schembrais
2005 Kathy Newman-Smith
2004 Melissa Culver-Pekney
2003 Bobbi Lautzenheiser
2001 Karen Hatch
2000 Wilma Willard
1996 Cathy Huntsinger