WVAHPERD members belong to a prestigious professional organization.  Within this organization we have been honored to work with national and state teachers of the year, higher education faculty whom have been featured on the world stage for their research and dedication to physical activity and health and some of the state’s most dedicated educators.

Each year we are proud to honor our professionals for their dedication to their profession.  We accept nominations from their peers throughout the year, and select committees choose the winners, who are recognized at our annual state conference during the awards banquet.

Teacher of the Year (Elementary / Middle / High School)

  1. The candidate must be a person who has had a minimum of (5) years teaching experience at the elementary, middle or high school level and be an active member of WVAHPERD.
  2. They should serve as a positive role model epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship, and sensitivity to the needs of others.
  3. They should utilize various teaching methodologies and plan innovative learning experiences to meet individual needs.
  4. They should also conduct a balanced and sequential curriculum that reflects and understanding of child growth and development.
  5. The candidate should assume responsibility for his / her professional growth
  6. They should also show evidence of a commitment to the education profession by having served on state / regional / national committees and / or have presented at workshops or programs at these levels.

Dance Educator of the Year

Health Educator of the Year

For the purpose of this award, a health educator is defined as someone who has major responsibility for teaching health in a public / private school, grades K-12, or an institute of higher learning, community health program, or government / work site health program.

  1. Candidate shall be an active member of WVAHPERD
  2. Candidate shall have at least (5) years experience in respective field.
  3. Candidate shall have made significant contributions to the profession in the areas of teaching, research and services.