SHAPE America Jump Rope and Hoops For Heart Recognition Awards

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." –John Quincy Adams


Ann Paulls-NealAnn Paulls-Neal is an Elementary Physical Education Teacher at John Baker Elementary where she has taught and participated in Jump Rope and Hoops For Heart for 15 years. She has a National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education and has obtained certifications for the American Master Teacher Program and as both a Physical Best Health and Fitness Specialist and Instructor.

Ann's professional accomplishments are recognized at many levels in her young career. She was named NASPE Major of the Year; Southwest District Future Professional (two years) and SWD Outstanding Student—New Mexico. Awards from NMAHPERD include Teacher of the Year—Elementary Physical Education; Professional Achievement Award; and Outstanding Coordinator of the Year—Hoops for Heart. She was awarded the Mabel Lee Award in 2011.Ann was a co-writer and co-administrator of a Carol M. White PEP Grant for Albuquerque Schools. She has presented several times at state and Southwest District AHPERDs. She holds positions on both local and national committees and boards to promote Physical Education.
She currently serves as the Executive Director for New Mexico AHPERD and as the SHAPE America New Mexico State Hoops For Heart Coordinator, where she assists in school recruitment, develops recognition and incentive programs and mentors new coordinators.

One of the things that I like best about my events is the community participation that I am able to include in our JRFH/HFH events. Fourth and Fifth graders get to apply to be helpers for the JRFH events to help the Kindergarten, 1stand 2nd grades with the long ropes and rotation of stations. This gives a chance for my students to be leaders and show their responsibility.
We are proud to award Ann Paulls-Neal the 2015 SHAPE America Jump Rope and Hoops For Heart Recognition Award!

Paul PerottoPaul Perotto has been teaching Physical Education for 10 years and has been working with school-age kids in sports settings for more than 25 years. He is committed to building the whole youth athlete including skill themes, movement concepts, goal setting and character development. Paul is an experienced coach for Jr. High Football, Optimist Football, Elementary basketball and Track, and Y-Ball Basketball. He is also a Basketball Referee and Summer Sports Camp Coordinator. Paul is First Aid and CPR Certified.

Paul has been involved in Idaho AHPERD and SHAPE America for more than 10 years and he currently serves at the SHAPE America Idaho State Jump Rope For Heart Coordinator. In this role he facilitates communication from the district and national levels to local participants; he coaches schools that are currently participating, and assists to recruit new schools to the program. One strategy he uses is to invite peers and the Boise State University students to come and learn from him during a real event.

My work with the American Heart Association has been both fulfilling and rewarding. It started 10 years ago. I had 32 kids running and jumping and trying to raise money to save lives. We raised $1,032.00. It has grown exponentially since then. ..Our school, Hidden Springs Elementary, was in the top 10 in the nation several years ago, and my team won coordinator of the year in 2010!
We are proud to award Paul Perotto the 2015 SHAPE America Jump Rope For Heart Recognition Award!