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P.E. Teacher Adam Metcalf Receives IAHPERD Teacher of the Year Award

Thursday, May 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michi Trota
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We're proud to share that P.E. Teacher Adam Metcalf was named the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD) 2018 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Mr. Metcalf’s award was presented at today's morning assembly in the ACS Performing Arts Center.

The IAHPERD Teacher of the Year awards “are given in recognition of outstanding instructional performance for elementary, middle, and secondary school physical education as well as in adapted, dance, health, and leisure education. Elected individuals have shown their great ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.”

“As a teacher, Adam has helped lead both our program and our faculty into 21st century integration of technology into our teaching,” says ACS Head of School Paul Druzinsky. “He has also introduced music and movement into the program, finding innovative ways to bring joy into the teaching of life-long skills. Adam has literally crossed the globe, studying P.E. programs in Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand, and connecting via Skype and Twitter with P.E. teachers around the world to learn from them as well as share his own knowledge and experience. I cannot think of a more deserving candidate.”

Mr. Metcalf has been a P.E. teacher for grades PreK through 8 at The Avery Coonley School since 2008. As an instructor at ACS, he has focused on exploring efficient ways to enhance the Physical Education experience with technology, as well as encouraging global collaboration among other P.E. teachers worldwide. He has presented at numerous conferences and webinars regarding cross-disciplinary integration of P.E. with other school subjects, and was previously honored with IAHPERD’s Blue Ribbon Physical Education Awards and the Northeastern District Young Professional Teacher of the Year Award. In 2014 he was a recipient of the Lucia Burton Morse Grant for his proposal Physical Education Global Enrichment: Enhancing Student Experiences through Dynamic Instructional Strategies & Technology, which allowed Mr. Metcalf to visit schools in Melbourne, Australia, and Singapore, to learn from and collaborate with P.E. teachers and programs from those schools.

“I am extraordinarily fortunate to be in a position where I love coming to work every single day. It is a privilege to inspire students to do things that will enhance their confidence, health, and relationships beyond the walls of the classroom,” says Mr. Metcalf.

PE Teacher Adam Metcalf on stage with Head of School Paul Druzinsky

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