September 2018
Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators

2018 Teachers of the Year

And Association Award Recipients

INSHAPE announced its 2018 state Teacher of the Year award winners, six 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 2018 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 Gary Lemke, INSHAPE president and executive director.
The state award recipients will be recognized on November 4, 2018 during the organization's Hall of Fame Awards Banquet concurrent with the State Conference. For the first time, 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 2019 SHAPE America National Teachers of the Year.
Last year, three INSHAPE Teachers of the year - Cassie Brooks of Brownsburg Middle School, Todd Krebs of RISE Learning Center, and Kalie Carlisle McKinley of Assumption High School - were 2018 National Teacher of the Year candidates.
The 2018 Indiana state Teachers of the Year are:

  • Chris Berg:   Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year:
  • Andrea McMurtry:   Health Educator of the Year:
  • Bethany Clegg:   Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year:
  • Dan Tennessen:   Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year
  • Matt Barker:   High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year
  • Jordan McIntire:   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: Molly Hare, Indiana State University. 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: Katherine Karn, Muncie 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: MiKayla Duzan, 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: Sunni Rossi, American Heart Association. 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: Diana Jones, Anderson University. 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: Roberta Sipe, 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: LeAnn Haggard, North Central High School. 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

Take Your Parent to PE

September 24 - 28, 2018

Parents play a vital role in the health of their children and can strongly influence the choices they make. Here's a great resource to share with your parents during "Take Your Parent to PE Week" or any time of year.

Download the Parent Guide »

Classroom Teachers Tips

Promote PA in the Classroom

Here's a simple yet effective tool for you to share with classroom teachers. Enlist your classroom colleagues to join you in pursuit of healthy and active learners. (Source: SHAPE America)

Download the Tips for Teachers »

2018 State Conference

Free WiFi, Fitness Center

The Cambria is the official hotel for the 2018 INSHAPE Inspire state conference. This recently built hotel sits on the GRAND PARK campus for convenient access to the Events Center (conference location).

Special INSHAPE Rate »


For the fun of it

Kalie McKinley, 2018 District Teacher of the Year, spent a month in Hawaii learning about dancing for understanding through exposure to Polynesian dance and games from a Hawaiian host family.

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Impact School Grants

from SHAPE America

Impact School grants provide needed funds and professional development opportunities to enhance health and physical education programs in high-need areas across the nation, while helping teachers continue their studies and build expertise.

Applications due Oct 6, 2018 »

Send a Loud Message

Georgia Teachers Speak Up

Although the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) sanctioned health and physical education as part of a well-rounded education, the burden of prioritizing how funds are spent and what schools are held accountable for now rests in the hands of states and school districts.

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2018 State Conference: November 4 - 6, 2018