September 2019
Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators

2019 Teachers of the Year

And Association Award Recipients

INSHAPE announced the 2019 state Teacher of the Year award winners, seven individuals who are among the elite of the school health education, physical education, adapted physical education, dance and recreation professions.
The Teacher of the Year Award enables INSHAPE to recognize the work of outstanding educators. State Teachers of the Year are selected among nominees after rigorous evaluation by the Association selection committee.
The awards are given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance and the ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.
"Our 2019 Indiana Teachers of the Year are indeed a special class of educators. They inspire all teachers by sharing best practices at state and national conferences. They become mentors to younger teachers. Their enthusiasm for teaching motivates other educators and administrators," noted Carole DeHaven, INSHAPE president.
The state award recipients will be recognized on November 3, 2019 during the organization's Hall of Fame Awards Banquet concurrent with the State Conference. The INSHAPE State Conference will be held at Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, IN. The awards banquet is presented by U.S. Games, a division of BSN Sports of Dallas, TX.
INSHAPE Teachers of the Year now compete for the SHAPE America Midwest District Teacher of the Year. Midwest District Teachers of the Year become candidates for the 2020 SHAPE America National Teachers of the Year.
Last year, Elementary Teacher of the Year Chris Berg was named a National Teacher of the Year candidates.
The 2019 Indiana state Teachers of the Year are:

  • Ryan Macy:   Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year
  • Melanie Busch:   Health Educator of the Year
  • Ryan Pepple:   Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year
  • Julie Grissom:   Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year
  • Reese Ryzewksi:   High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year
  • Kalie McKinley:   Dance Educator of the Year
  • Chad Simmons:   Recreation/Leisure Educator of the Year
During the awards banquet, the Association will also recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of professionals who have contributed to the advancement of the profession. They include:
  • Leadership Award: Gary Sanders, St. Joseph College. An individual who has demonstrated significant leadership in terms of program development in health, physical education, recreation, dance, and/or allied areas, and whose contributions reflect prestige, honor, and dignity to the Association.
  • Young Professional Award: Lindsay Carl, Franklin Central High School. A younger member of the Association who has demonstrated outstanding potential in teaching, scholarship, and service, and if continued, indicates that he/she will develop into a distinguished member of the profession.
  • Outstanding Student Award: Casey Arseneau, Manchester University. An undergraduate student who has displayed distinctive leadership and meritorious service to his/her profession of health, physical education, recreation, dance, and/or allied areas.
  • Special Contributor Award: Tom Strenger, U.S. Games. An individual who is outside of health, physical education, recreation, dance, and sport but who, through his/her work, has contributed significantly to the general purposes of the Association.
  • Pathfinder Award: Cindy DeWitt, Volleykats. The Pathfinder Award was established to honor members who have and/or continue to advocate, recruit, and enhance opportunities for girls and women in sport and sport leadership.
  • Honor Award: Lisa Hicks, University of Indianapolis. An individual who is clearly outstanding in his/her profession with long and distinguished service to health, physical education, recreation, dance, and/or allied areas.
  • Legacy Award: Kim Duchane, Manchester University. An individual in the health, physical education, recreation, dance, sport, and/or allied professions who have given long and distinguished service. The award recognizes those persons who have left a legacy, a benchmark, or a standard in professional service, scholarship, and leadership.

Meet your INSHAPE Teachers of the Year

Online Advocacy Day

September 19, 2019

On Thursday, September 19, SHAPE America calls on the health and physical education community to flood social media with advocacy messages and to send a letter to Congress about the importance of fully funding Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for FY20. Our community sent 2000 emails to Congress on Online Advocacy Day last year and we hope to send even more emails this year!

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Walk to School Day

October 2, 2019

Step right up for National Walk to School Day – October 2, 2019! Registration is now open. Join the movement that inspires the entire community to come together and promote health and safer routes for students to walk and bike to school. While October 2 is our official focus day in 2019, communities are welcome to celebrate any day in October that best fits their schedules. Last year (2018) was the largest Walk to School Day event in its 22-year history.

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Lana Groombridge

In Memorium

Lana (Lawver) Groombridge passed away September 9, 2019 after an eight-year battle with cancer. Lana was very involved in INSHAPE where she served in many positions, engaged students in her state presentations, and received numerous awards including the Leadership Award in 2002; the Honor Award in 2004; and the Legacy Award in 2009, which is INSHAPE's highest honor.

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Major of the Years

Nominate by October 1

"The Catherine Wolfe Major of the Year award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the fields of health, physical education, recreation and dance. Faculty advisors and professors are encouraged to nominate one outstanding student per major per college/university. Majors of the Year receive free 2020-2021 INSHAPE membership and a full conference registration to the 2020 INSHAPE state conference."

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Early Bird Conference Registration Extended
Sign up by September 15, 2019