Congratulations to O'Rourke Middle School Health Teacher Lindsay Armbruster who has been named the Eastern District Health Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators.
SHAPE America’s Eastern District represents 11 states from Maryland to Maine, including the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands and Puerto 1Rico. The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance in school health and the ability to motivate youth to make healthy choices for a lifetime.
Armbruster, a health education teacher for 11 years, will vie with three other district winners for the distinguished honor of National Health Education Teacher of the Year. At the convention, SHAPE America and SPARK & Sportime – innovators of equipment and evidence-based programs for physical educators – will celebrate the 26th anniversary of this Teacher of the Year awards collaboration.
The National Health Education Teacher of the Year award recipient will be announced on Friday, March 20 at the SHAPE America Hall of Fame Banquet, sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field. U.S. Olympian Dick Fosbury and Kenneth H. Cooper, the “father of aerobics,” will also be inducted into the SHAPE America Hall of Fame that evening.
Armbruster, an inherent leader by nature, led a major transition to the health education curriculum at BH-BL, from content-based to a skills-based approach.
“If students are guided through learning experiences that help them develop health skills such as decision making, communication, goal setting and stress management, they are more likely to integrate these skills into their day to day lives,” says Armbruster.
Armbruster helps train fellow colleagues on this new approach and was instrumental in writing an entire skill-based curriculum for the elementary level. She also is known for her advocacy efforts in ensuring BH-BL is following compliance related to health education for students in special education. She went on to create adapted health education courses for middle and high school in an effort to meet state guidelines and the needs of students.
“Lindsay has a positive energy and an engaging presence. Her students connect with her and respect her. She is able to reach even the most challenging students through her creativity and knowledge of the latest trends in teaching health education,” says Kathryn Henry-Starace, a fellow health educator at BH-BL.
“She is a creative problem solver and constantly seeks new initiatives to enhance her program,” says Rosemarie Posillico, director of Career and Technical Education Health Education.
Armbruster’s professional affiliations include SHAPE America and the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD). She was the 2013-2014 NYSAHPERD Health Teacher of the Year.
The award-winning educator received her bachelor’s degree in school & community health education from State University of New York at Brockport and a master’s degree in curriculum design & instructional technology from State University of New York at Albany.
Way to go Lindsay--and good luck!
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.
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