Adam Ahrens graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay in May 2020 with a B.S. in psychology. He is currently working for two organizations providing supervision and support to adolescents and adults with mental health concerns.
Holly Alperin, Ed.M, MCHES, is clinical assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire. Her work in skills-based health education began in early 2000s when she was training health educators on assessing the National Health Education Standards and recognized it was not enough to assess students if they weren’t being taught how to develop the skills in meaningful ways.
Amanda Amtmanis is a physical education teacher at Macdonough Elementary School and Spencer Elementary School in Middletown, CT. In 2019, she was a pilot school coordinator for SHAPE America’s new health. moves. minds.™ service-learning program. Follow her on Twitter @AmandaAmtmanis.
Timothy M. Baghurst is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, where he serves as the director of Sports & Coaching Science.
Jeff Bartlett teaches middle school health education at the Holten Richmond Middle School in Danvers, MA. A graduate of Springfield College and Boston University, he was the 2020 Massachusetts Health Teacher of the Year and is the 2021 SHAPE America Eastern District Health Education Teacher of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @bartletthealth.
Nicole Beard has taught health education in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, for the past 17 years. Her experience includes teaching at both the middle school and high school levels. She received the Maryland Health Education Teacher of the Year award in 2016 and was named SHAPE America Eastern District Health Education Teacher of the Year in 2019. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @MrsBeardhealth.
Judy Beard, Ph.D., taught in the public school system (grades 6-12) for 13 years and has been with Central Washington University for four years. She is currently president of SHAPE Washington. She enjoys researching successful teaching strategies, kinesthetic classrooms, avoiding stress in the classroom, and mindfulness. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Zack Beddoes is an assistant professor in the department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse where he also serves as the PETE graduate director. His research interests include continuing professional development, teacher socialization, and school-wide health and physical activity. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron Beighle holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and is currently a faculty member at the University of Kentucky. He regularly collaborates with a variety of organizations interested in youth physical activity promotion and has been a leading advocate for comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAPs). Aaron has written more than 85 research-based and practical articles as well as six books, most notably Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children.
Sarah Benes, MPH, EdD, CHES, is an assistant professor and program coordinator of the School Health Education Program at Southern Connecticut State University. Sarah works in schools locally and nationally, and writes and presents on various health education topics. She currently serves as SHAPE America president. Reach her on Twitter at @sarahbenes12 or via email at email@example.com.
Robert Benham, Ph.D., formerly was an assistant professor at Michigan State University working in the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS). He currently works in the area of coaching education as the director of Coach Development Services in Honolulu, HI. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristi Bieri is a physical education teacher at Odessa Upper Elementary School in Odessa, MO, and the Missouri AHPERD Special Projects Coordinator.
Elizabeth Bolger is a physical education teacher at Lincoln Avenue Elementary School in Sayville, NY. She serves on the Advisory Board for PHE America and Executive Board of NYS AHPERD-Suffolk Zone. She presents at conferences around the county and was recently named the 2021 SHAPE America Eastern District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.
For 13 years, Christine Botti has been teaching health and physical education at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY. She is co-coordinator of the health education curriculum and has taught both health and physical education in the Lower, Middle and Upper School. She also coaches field hockey, softball and cheerleading. She can be reached at email@example.com
Kelly M. Boyd is an associate professor at East Stroudsburg University and chair of the SHAPE America Health Education Teacher Preparation Standards Task Force. She co-parented the 2018 National Standards for Initial Health Education Teacher Education with Irene Cucina, Mary C. Connolly, Joe Halowich, Sarah Benes, Shelley Hamill, and Brett Fuller. Kelly is also the co-author with Irene Cucina of Guidelines for the 2018 Initial Health Education Teacher Education Standards.
Kyle Bragg is a National Board Certified Teacher, as well as the 2018 Arizona Elementary PE Teacher of the Year. He received his bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University and his master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. Kyle utilizes technology to create developmentally appropriate lessons, which allow students to experience success and improve their physical literacy. Follow him on Twitter @ElemPE1.
Ali Brian, Ph.D., CAPE, is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Education at the University of South Carolina and is the director of the Adapted Physical Education/Activity program and research lab. She has delivered 150+ presentations, authored 60+ peer-reviewed manuscripts and a new text, Universal Design for Learning in Physical Education.
Tayé Brown is an educator/administrator dedicated to making learning visible. She believes in diversity, is committed to equality, and is an advocate for social justice both inside and outside school. Tayé joined the Ancona faculty in 2005.
Charity Bryan is director of Technology Enhanced Learning and clinical associate professor of Health Promotion and Physical Education at Kennesaw State University. She is known for her expertise in both children’s physical activity and online learning using new and blended learning models. Charity is an active scholar in the areas of physical education pedagogy as well as distance learning and has published 21 national peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Heather Burd, the 2021 Minnesota Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, is in her eighth year of teaching in the Win-E-Mac school district in her hometown of Erskine, MN. Heather teaches physical and health education for grades K-12 and is an adjunct instructor for the College in High School program through Minnesota State. She also serves on the MNSHAPE Board of Directors.
Catherine Cardina (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an associate professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics at Buffalo State, State University of New York. She is a New York State certified teacher in physical education and health education. Her area of expertise is in professional development.
Darla Castelli is a professor in the Physical Education Teacher Education and Health Behavior Health Education programs at the University of Texas, Austin. She is a former Research Council Chair and current chair of the RQES Editorial Board.
Resa Chandler, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor teaching exercise physiology, health, and principles of weight training in the Health and Physical Education program at Western Carolina University. Her most recent interests include researching the effects of high-intensity interval training in children in a school setting as well as various topics in muscle physiology. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Rhonda Clements, Ed. D., is a professor of education and director of the Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. She can be reached at Rhonda.Clements@mville.edu.
Sabra Collins taught physical education at Caesar Rodney High School for over nine years before moving to the Delaware Department of Education, where she is the education associate for Physical Education, Health and Wellness. Sabra was a field hockey coach for 10 seasons, was named SHAPE America Eastern District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 2018 and Caesar Rodney School District Teacher of the Year in 2019. She enjoys being outside and playing with her kids.
Jackie Conkle is the editor of Physical Best and a health education teacher at Peters Township Middle School in McMurray, PA. She also serves as the health & physical education facilitator for the K-8 staff and is a longtime member of both SHAPE America and PSAHPERD. Helping young people develop a love of movement and make healthy personal choices are her highest professional goals. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graeme J. Connolly is an associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Kinesiology at Augusta University, Augusta, GA. He has been involved in coaching youth soccer for more than 20 years and is an active scholar in the area of sports coaching pedagogy, particularly in youth and high school contexts (email@example.com).
Mary Connolly is the Program Chair of the Skills-Based Health/SEL Program at Cambridge College in Boston. She is a health education consultant and the author of Skills-Based Health Education, first and second editions, and Teaching SEL in the Health Classroom. Mary is a member of the SHAPE America Health Education Council and the MAHPERD Higher Education Committee. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @connollymary2.
Dr. Chuck Corbin is professor emeritus at Arizona State University. He is a widely published researcher and text author. He is a past president of the National Academy of Kinesiology and recipient of many honors including the SHAPE America Scholar and Gulick Awards and is a member of the SHAPE America Hall of Fame.
Brenna Cosgrove is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University, studying physical education. She earned her B.S. in health and physical education from Edinboro University, taught physical education in a middle school, and completed her M.S. in exercise physiology at James Madison University. Brenna can be contacted at email@example.com.
Kate Cox is a National Board Certified physical educator who is passionate about physical literacy and high-quality professional development. Kate is the 2017 CAHPERD Middle School Teacher of the Year and a 2018 SHAPE America District Teacher of the Year. Kate is an instructional coach for H-PEC and has been teaching 4th-8th grade physical education for 18 years. Follow her on Twitter @katecoxpe.
Brian Creasman has been superintendent of Fleming County Schools since 2014. He has the privilege of leading, learning and collaborating with students, staff, and the best community each day. Over his career, he has been fortunate to serve as a teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, and assistant superintendent. Brian is the 2020 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year and a nationally recognized author. Connect with him on Twitter at @FCSSuper or contact him via-email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Todd Crumbacker is a physical education teacher at Overdale Elementary School in Bullitt County, KY. He is also a member of the KAHPERD Board of Directors. His school completed the health. moves. minds. program in September 2019. He can be reached through email at email@example.com or on Twitter @tc4pe.
Irene Cucina is a professor and program coordinator of Health and Physical Education Teacher Preparation in the Health and Human Performance Department at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. A teacher, coach, and teacher educator for more than 40 years, she is currently a member of the SHAPE America HETE/PETE CAEP Advisory Committee and is a HETE/PETE lead reviewer and auditor.
Brian Culp, Ed.D., is a professor and in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at Twitter @CultureNmotion.
Jeff Danielsen is superintendent of the Watertown School District in Watertown, SD. He is in his 15th year as a school superintendent. Danielsen is also an adjunct professor in educational administration at the University of Sioux Falls. He can be reached at Jeff.Danielsen@k12.sd.us or on Twitter @drdsupt.
David Daum, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of kinesiology at San Jose State University in California. He teaches undergraduate courses in physical education and supervises physical education credential candidates during their student teaching. His scholarship focuses on technology in physical education including K-12 online physical education.
Chad Dauphin is a health educator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, where he served as associate athletic director from 2006-2017. He has presented at several state and national conferences on the topics of health education and athletics and served on the SHAPE America Health Education Council. Chad is currently chair of the #SHAPEHealthEd Twitter Chat task force. He can be reached at email@example.com
Dan DeJager is a National Board Certified high school teacher and university lecturer in Sacramento, CA. He is also a member of SHAPE America’s National Physical Education Standards Task Force. In 2019, he was named SHAPE America National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He can be contacted through Twitter @thepechallenge or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2014, Larenda Denien has served as the principal of Idlewild Elementary School, a Title I, partial Magnet School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has 17 years of experience as an educator, 11 of which have been in educational leadership. She can be reached via email at Larenda.Denien@cms.k12.nc.us. Follow on Twitter @PrincipalDenien and @IdlewildES.
A former member of the SHAPE America Board of Directors, Dennis Docheff has been an elementary classroom teacher, taught numerous subjects in middle school and high school, and taught physical education at five universities. He received SHAPE America’s Joy of Effort Award and the University of Central Missouri’s Byler Distinguished Faculty Award in 2018.
Cate Egan is an assistant professor and physical education teacher education program coordinator at the University of Idaho. Her research focuses on comprehensive school physical activity programs and the promotion of healthy active lifestyles. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Julene Ensign, Ph.D., an assistant professor and co-chair of the Health and Exercise Science Department at Truman State University in Missouri, teaches courses for Truman’s Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in physical education. Her research focuses on the socialization, efficacy, and teaching performance of beginning physical educators. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Xiaoping (Ping) Fan is a Ph.D. candidate in sport pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado. Ping is currently working on her dissertation — “Physical Education in Colorado: Status and Stakeholders’ Perceptions.” Her research interests are teacher socialization, quality physical education, teacher education, and teacher professional development. Ping can be reached at email@example.com.
Becky Foellmer is a former middle school teacher who most recently served as an instructional/technology coach. She has presented numerous PD sessions, workshops and trainings and has authored Breakout EDU games for HPE. Becky is currently the IAHPERD Technology Committee Chair and a member of the SHAPE America Midwest District Leadership Council. She is also the co-creator of cbhpe.org.
Kris Fritz is a Sheboygan, WI School District retired South High HPE professional currently facilitating a Pre-K (ages 3-5) PE program at the Early Learning Center. She is an active member of SHAPE America and WHPE (Wisconsin Health and Physical Education) and is past president of SHAPE America Midwest District. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Briana Fuller is a health and physical education teacher at Harrison Elementary School in Green River, WY, as well as the assistant soccer coach at Green River High School. She has been teaching for nine years and is on the board of Wyoming AHPERD. She loves spending time with her family and all things soccer. Contact her at email@example.com or follow @BriBribug8.
Lori Gano-Overway, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and director of the coaching education minor program at James Madison University. She has been involved in coaching education for more than 20 years and chaired SHAPE America’s National Standards for Sport Coaches Revision Task Force, which revised the National Standards for Sport Coaches.
Karen L. Gaudreault, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Physical Education Teacher Education at the University of New Mexico, with specific expertise in elementary PE pedagogy and content. Her research involves teacher socialization, schools as workplaces, and how the structure of schools impacts teachers’ agency and how teaching a marginalized subject impacts physical educators’ lives.
Teresa Gendron has been a physical education teacher for 28 years in New York’s Cohoes City School District. She served as the president of the Capital Zone for NYS AHPERD from 2017-2019 and is currently president-elect for the organization’s Elementary Physical Education Section. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @TerryGendron.
Tyler Goad, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Emporia State University. He recently completed his doctorate at West Virginia University with an emphasis in physical education teacher education. His research interest include online physical education, technology in physical education, and professional issues in teacher education/higher education.
Kim C. Graber is a professor and associate head in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she also serves as director of the Campus Honors Program. Her research interests include teacher education, teacher socialization, and children’s wellness. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Cara D. Grant, Ed.D., C.A.P.E., is supervisor of PreK-12 Adapted Physical Education, Health, and Physical Education in the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Additionally, Cara is professional development coordinator for the University of Maryland College Park Physical Education Teacher Education Program (part-time). She currently serves as SHAPE America president-elect. She can be reached at Cara_D_Grant@mcpsmd.org.
Jayne D. Greenberg, Ed.D., is presently a program manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services overseeing the I Can Do It! program. Previously, she served as the district director of physical education and health literacy for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In 2019, she co-authored the textbook Organization and Administration of Physical Education: Theory and Practice and was inducted into the SHAPE America Hall of Fame.
Michelle Grenier is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire. Michelle has worked as a consultant to schools and universities on inclusive practices both within the U.S. and abroad. She is a co-author of the book Universal Design for Learning in Physical Education. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Hambel is a grateful elementary physical education teacher in New York City. He has a teaching license in PE as well as general education and special education for grades 1-6. In 2021, Jim received the Dr. Doris R. Corbett Johnson Leaders for Our Future Award from SHAPE America. He is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association and the U.S. Bowling Hall of Fame. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Justin Hebert is a master’s student at California State University Chico pursuing a degree in sport and exercise psychology. He strives to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant. Justin is currently a certified personal trainer and is passionate about helping people improve their mental and physical health and wellness. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Hervey (she/her) is a health and physical education teacher at Washtenaw International High School. She was a 2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year nominee, is an International Baccalaureate Workshop Leader and School Site Visitor, and has presented at local and national health and physical education conferences. Connect with Rachel on Twitter at @HerveyPHE.
Daniel Hill is a National Board Certified Teacher, 2019 KAHPERD (now KY-SHAPE) President, OPEN National Trainer and the 2014 Kentucky Elementary PE Teacher of the Year. He received his bachelor’s degree at Eastern Kentucky University and his master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. Daniel describes his physical education classes as an active experience in health. Follow him on Twitter @superdanpe.
Shelley L. Holden is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.
Kate Holmes, MPH, is the program manager for Springboard to Active Schools at the National Network of Public Health Institutes. She has been working on increasing physical activity and physical education in schools at the state and national level since 2014. Learn more about Springboard to Active Schools at www.schoolspringboard.org or on Twitter @Springboard2AS. Kate can be reached at email@example.com
Rick Howard, DSc, CSCS *D, RSCC *E, FNSCA, is an assistant professor of applied sports science, as well as sports performance coordinator and coaching minor advisor at West Chester University (PA). Howard has taught K-8 health and physical education, coached middle school sports, and coached strength and conditioning for middle school, high school, and college.
Madison Hunt earned her M.S. in sport and exercise psychology from Long Beach State University. While there, she was a research assistant for a study on mental toughness. She has consulting experience at the high school, club, and collegiate levels, where she introduced mental skills to aid performance and well-being. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alisa James (email@example.com) is a professor in physical education and former program coordinator in the Physical Education Teacher Education program at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. She is also the Associate Dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Services at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Rahael Javaid is a student at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. She is her class representative and a strong activist for Neuqua’s mental health club, YouMatter, which strives to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health through education. She believes that through deep, educational conversations the stigma that is often associated with mental health will disappear.
Dennis Johnson, Ed.D., is a retired Wingate University (NC) professor and NCAA cross country coach. He currently is president of Hem-View Consultants, primarily working for the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) — authoring coaching resource materials and delivering coach development seminars for high school and college wrestling coaches. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan Jones is a 15-year physical educator in Prince George's County, MD, serving as an elementary teacher and PE resource teacher. In 2018, he was named SHAPE Maryland Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He also serves on SHAPE America’s EDI Committee and National Physical Education Standards Task Force. He can be reached on Twitter at @J_JonesPE.
Susan Kaplowitz, Ed.D., CPT, is recently retired from a 25+ year career as a full-time faculty member of the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Rutgers University. There, she was the founder of the Center for Exercise and Aging. Kaplowitz was also a specialist of adapted physical education, and she continues today as a coach and a personal trainer. She can be reached at email@example.com.
David Keiling is a graduate of West Virginia University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in PE/TE. He is currently the coordinator of Physical Education and Health Education for Manassas City Public School in Manassas, VA. He has presented at state and national conferences on unified physical activity and technology in health and physical education. Follow David on Twitter @ManassasCityHPE.
Chad Killian is an assistant professor of kinesiology at Georgia State University in Atlanta where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in physical education and advises doctoral students. His primary research interests involve studying the use and efficacy of digital instruction in the K-12 physical education environment.
Eric Kohl is an adapted physical education at the Bird/Morgan School in East Rochester, NY, and the 2021 SHAPE America Eastern District Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Eric also serves on the executive council for NYS AHPERD. Follow him on Twitter @MrKohlPE.
Dr. Ashley Krause is associate superintendent for the Farmington R7 School District in Farmington, MO. She is actively involved in many state organizations and has made presentations in various state and national conferences such as MOCASE, where she currently serves as president. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @drkrauseashley.
Rebecca Lambdin-Abraham-Knipe (Becca L-A-K) has 13 years of elementary physical education teaching experience in Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, then earned her master’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa. She earned National Board certification in 2014. In 2022, she was named the SHAPE America Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year! Follow her on Twitter @Rev_PE
Dillon Landi is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University in Maryland, where he specializes in research on health, physical activity, and education. Dillon was previously a faculty member at The University of Auckland (New Zealand). Prior to entering academia, Dillon was a health and physical education teacher and school district administrator in New Jersey. He can be reached via email or on Twitter @DillonLandi.
Kacie Lanier is a doctoral student in the Physical Education Teacher Education Program at Georgia State University. She also teaches undergraduate courses and supervises student teachers. Her research interests include studying the impact of physical education participation on students’ mental health and the role strength and conditioning plays within the physical education curriculums.
Susan Leonard achieved National Board Certification in 2013 and is currently an Arizona NBCT Network Board Member. In 2012 she was chosen as Arizona’s Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and in 2014-15 she served as president of Arizona Health and Physical Education. Susan is best known for her child advocacy work, which included serving on the SHAPE America taskforce that modified the SHAPE America National Standards into kid-friendly language.
Lauren J. Lieberman, Ph.D., is a distinguished service professor in the Kinesiology Department of The College at Brockport, State University of New York (SUNY). She is the founder and director of Camp Abilities: An educational sports camp for children with visual impairments. Camp Abilities has been replicated in 20 states and eight countries. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and 18 books. Most recently she has been awarded a Global Fulbright Scholarship to promote Camp Abilities worldwide.
Dr. Chris Lineberry is principal of Apache Junction High School in Arizona. He was raised and cut his teeth in education in North Carolina where he attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and became a principal in 2005. In 2006, Chris had a heart attack at school, which was the impetus for his focus on the education of the whole child and the importance of self-care among educators.
President of SHAPE America from 2018-2019.
Shrehan Lynch completed her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama and is now a senior lecturer at the University of East London, England. She trains teachers on all teacher training routes including PGCE, School Direct, and Apprenticeship programmes. Her specialisms are research on physical education, teacher education, and social justice. She can be contacted on Twitter @DrLynchPE or via email at email@example.com.
Leilani Madrigal, Ph.D., CMPC, is an assistant professor in the Kinesiology Department at Long Beach State University. She has published both qualitative and quantitative research concerning mental toughness and factors associated with psychology of injury. She can be reached at Leilani.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risto Marttinen, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of pedagogy at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His research focuses on after-school PA programs in urban intensive communities, integration of technology and academic subjects into PE, and research on teaching in PE. Follow him on Twitter @RistoMarttinen or reach him through email at email@example.com.
Buffie McConville is principal of Odessa Upper Elementary School in Odessa, MO. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of education and has worked as a social worker, counselor, assistant principal, and principal. She currently teaches adjunct classes at University of Central Missouri as well. She and her husband, Brent, have two children, Ellie and Ben.
Jaimie McMullen is an associate professor of Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado. She is interested in ways to make schools more physically active places to be, as well as considering participant voice in the research process.
Michael J. Messerole, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the assistant director of the School of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He has been a physical educator for 32 years. Michael regularly presents nationally on topics related to adaptive sports and is active in his community, serving on boards, as well as officiating and coaching sports for people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
Angelo Montoya is a high school physical education and health teacher at Pojoaque Valley High School in Santa Fe, NM. He is a level II teacher, department head, and has been teaching high school for 12 years. He is currently in the final year of his graduate program at the University of New Mexico where he will receive his Master of Science in physical education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction in spring 2021.
Calvin Moore, Jr., Ph.D., is CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, the nonprofit organization that recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education settings, including Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family childcare and home visitor programs. Follow him on Twitter @Cal1Moore or reach him at CalvinM@cdacouncil.org.
Stephanie Morris is a passionate advocate for effective PE and skills-based health programs in schools. She is CEO of SHAPE America and is also a mom to three kids, an enthusiastic runner and weight lifter, and a consummate chef. Her preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. Follow Stephanie on Twitter @SHAPEAmericaCEO or reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wyatt Morse has taught K-6 physical education at Archbishop Bergan Elementary School in Fremont, NE, for eight years. He is a former president of SHAPE Nebraska and currently serves as executive director of that organization. In addition to teaching, he is the head cross country coach and assistant boys golf coach.
Shannon C. Mulhearn is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the Health and Physical Education program. She taught K-6 physical education in North Carolina and Arizona. Her professional interests include creating and supporting healthy and active school cultures and integrating mindful practices into physical education. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Adam Mullis, Ph.D., has a passion for teaching health and physical education. An advocate of the wonderful content, skills and life lessons learned in health education, physical education and sport, he specializes in shifting school culture toward health and wellness for all students. Adam has led schools to three national awards for the “Healthiest Schools in America.”
Erika Mundt has taught physical education at Iowa City West High School for eight years. Her specialty is incorporating fitness skills into PE courses, specifically strength training. Erika is an assistant basketball coach and enjoys being active with her young sons. In 2018 she was named SHAPE America National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. You can follow her on Twitter @MundtPE and find additional resources on her website.
Casey Nadeau is a physical education teacher for Chicopee Public Schools in Massachusetts, and one of the original 10 recipients of the SHAPE America Impact Schools Grant.
Aubrey Newland is an associate professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Kinesiology Department at California State University, Chico. She is interested in optimizing athlete experiences through enhancing coaching practices, understanding motivation, and teaching athletes to cultivate mental skills. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors, play/watch sports, read, and learn.
Courtney Novak received her B.S. in psychology from Ursinus College and her M.S. in sport and exercise psychology from Long Beach State University, where she worked as a sport psychology consultant for high school and college level teams. While enrolled, Courtney was a varsity high school lacrosse coach who utilized her sport psychology knowledge to develop mental toughness in her athletes.
Junghwan Oh is a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on curriculum and education policy, specifically systemic school reform, effective curricular/instructional strategies, and the promotion of quality school-based physical education. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edward “Ted” Olsen is an assistant professor of the Physical Education Teacher Certification program in the School of Health and Human Performance at Kean University. His research focuses on policy, pedagogy, and teacher preparation in physical education. He can be reached via email.
Lynn Pantuosco-Hensch is an associate professor in the Movement Science Department at Westfield State University. She is also a licensed soccer coach with the United Soccer Coaches. Her current research focuses on long-term athletic development (LTAD) and youth sport specialization. Lynn can be reached at email@example.com or https://www.lynnpantuosco-hensch.com. (She thanks Paula Leahy Welch for her editorial support.)
Lisa Paulson is Ph.D. candidate at the University of Northern Colorado. She is a former PETE/HETE faculty member at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Prior to higher education, Lisa taught elementary PE in Hutchinson, MN. She is chair of the SHAPE America Physical Activity Council. Contact her on Twitter @pauls640 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Pepper is an award-winning educator with the San Francisco Unified School District and a member of the SHAPE America Health Education Council. His work has been featured in Edutopia, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times. You can reach him through his website, mrhealthteacher.com, or on Twitter at @mrhealthteacher.
Jennifer Perilla is the principal of Tyler Elementary School in Prince William County, Virginia. She has been in education for 22 years with 11 years as a principal. She graduated from the University of Virginia and George Mason University, later earning her administrative licensure from the University of Mary Washington. Learn more about Tyler Elementary’s wellness activities by visiting their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Megaera Regan is a retired elementary physical education teacher from the Port Washington School District on Long Island. Megaera taught in Port Washington for 31 years and was the recipient of the 2018 NYSAHPERD Elementary PE Teacher of the Year award, as well as the 2020 SHAPE America Eastern District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award.
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Jessica Richards is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University. She earned her B.S. in physical education and her M.S. in sport and fitness management from Troy University. At Auburn, Jessica is concentrating her doctoral studies in physical education. Jessica can be contacted at email@example.com.
Charlie Rizzuto is the 2022 SHAPE America National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. For 13 years, Charlie was a health and physical education teacher at Oyster Bay High School in New York. Currently, he serves as an assistant principal at Islip High School and an adjunct professor at both Adelphi University and Cambridge College. Charlie has been playing and/or coaching lacrosse for 35 years.
Masanobu Sato is a professor in Faculty of Education at the Bunkyo University. His research focus is group dynamics and leadership in sport teams or learning groups/communities in sport management. He is also interested in cross-comparison of teacher education programs in different countries. He can be reached via email.
Keri Schoeff currently serves as the Safe, Healthy & Active Students Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education where she provides leadership and professional development on all components of Title IV-A programming, specifically ensuring that every student is provided with a safe, healthy, active, and supportive learning environment.
Dr. Ben Schwamberger is an associate professor in the Department of Human Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is the program coordinator for the Health and Physical Education, and Physical Education and DAPE program. He currently serves on the SHAPE America Professional Preparation Council and Recruitment and Retention Task Force.
Bo Shappell is a middle school PE teacher and the academic leader for creative arts and human performance in his district. He is also co-founder of the organization WE Integrated, co-author of ALL IN: The Mindset of Fitness, and 2019 Pennsylvania Middle School PE Teacher of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @BoShappell.
Tracy Sharlow is the 2016 SHAPE America National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She played a lead role in the development of the Potsdam Girls Club as well as the varsity girls lacrosse program. Tracy intentionally focuses on UDL options to increase the equity of access to learning for ALL students.
Kelly L. Simonton is an assistant professor of physical education teacher education at the University of Memphis. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on curriculum models and instructional strategies in PE targeting secondary school settings. Additionally, he focuses on research regarding student and teacher motivation and emotion in K-12 PE. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHAPE America President Jamie Sparks is the National School Health Program Manager for ETR. A member of SHAPE America since 1999, he was elected member-at-large for the Southern District Leadership Council in 2017. Nationally he also served on the board of directors with the American School Health Association and has been a member of The Society of State Leaders for Health and Physical Education. Jamie is currently executive director of the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. @JamieSparksCSH
Peter J. Stapleton, Ph.D., currently serves as an assistant professor of physical education and chair of the Department of Professional Education Programs for The Sage Colleges (Albany & Troy, NY). His research interests involve investigating the socialization of students into the profession particularly into Doctoral Physical Education Teacher Education. He also serves the Capital Zone of NYSAHPERD as the Higher Education representative. Follow him on Twitter @P_Stapleton1.
John Strong is the chair of SHAPE America’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion task force and an associate professor at Niagara County Community College. He has been teaching in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department for 13 years. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Leah Swedberg is a health and physical education teacher at West Fargo High School in North Dakota. She has taught for 11 years at the secondary level and was named the 2019 Central District Health Education Teacher of the Year. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yasmeen Taji-Farouki is senior manager of Community Initiatives and Social Impact at SHAPE America. She is also the program lead for SHAPE America’s health. moves. minds. program, the new service-learning program that raises funds for schools and teaches students how to thrive physically and emotionally! She can be reached at YTaji-Farouki@shapeamerica.org.
Susan J. Tarr, Ph.D., is an associate professor and coordinator of the Developmental Adapted Physical Education Program in the Human Performance Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has trained adapted physical education teacher candidates for the past 26 years. Sue presents at the local, state, regional and national levels on adapted physical education, as well as standards-based assessment and grading in physical education. @suetarr
Sasha Taylor is a mother, wife and teacher at Bell Creek Intermediate School. She is the 2018 SHAPE America Midwest District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, 2015 OAHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, SHAPE America 2019 Pilot School Coordinator for health. moves. minds., and current member of the OAHPERD Board. Follow her on Twitter @bcipeteacher.
Scott Taylor has been a principal in the Osseo Area Schools for 16 years, with 14 years at Park Brook Elementary in Brooklyn Park, MN. Increasing physical education and fitness has been key to academic growth at Park Brook. He graduated from Northern Arizona University and St. Cloud State and has an administration licensure from St. Mary’s University. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Donn Tobin is the 2019 SHAPE America National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He is entering his 23rd year as a K-5 physical education teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in Mahopac, NY. Donn also serves as an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College and will begin serving on the NYS AHPERD Board of Directors. You can follow him on Twitter @donntobin.
Scott Todnem has been teaching health education since 2001 in Naperville, IL. In 2019, he was named SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year. Scott has been on social diversity teams, led educational trips, and served as team-building coordinator and strength and conditioning coach. He is the author of “Growing Up Great!”— a puberty book for boys.
Sarah Totall has been teaching physical education at different grade levels (from preK-12) for more than 25 years. Currently she teaches grades K-8 at Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis, MN, where she is also the athletic director. Her school superpower is creating and adapting games. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emi Tsuda is an assistant professor of the Physical Education and Kinesiology program in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on physical education pedagogy and policy. She can be reached via email.
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Hans van der Mars is a professor in physical education and program coordinator in the Physical Education Teacher Education program at Arizona State University. He is a former SHAPE America Board of Directors member, Research Council Chair, and RQES Editorial Board member.
Stephen J. Virgilio, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. He can be reached at email@example.com.
A former journalist, Christopher Weber is a horticulturalist and certified environmental educator. He has served as Ancona’s Outdoor Learning Educator since 2016.
Collin Webster, Ph.D., is a professor of physical education and associate dean for research and innovation in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His research focuses on comprehensive school physical activity programs with emphasis on classroom movement integration. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenny Withycombe, Ph.D., is the assistant director for Health and Adapted/Physical Education in Portland Public Schools in Portland, OR. She began working in education in 2003 as an elementary school teacher. Over the last 20 years she developed a passion for bringing inclusive health, wellness, physical education, and sport to young people.
Carly Wright is Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at SHAPE America.
Emily is a health and PE teacher currently based in Milan, Italy. Her goal is to be remembered by students as someone who helped them feel empowered to take care of their health and well-being. Emily has a master’s degree in Education and a Google Educator Level 2 certification. You can follow her on Twitter @Ms_Zien.