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Fort Worth Physical Education Director to be Honored at National Educator's Conference
RESTON, VA, March 3, 2014 – Georgi Roberts, director of health and physical education for the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD), will be recognized by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) at its 129th annual National Convention & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, April 4. Given in recognition of her distinguished service, dedication, and commitment to improving physical education, the Joy of Effort Award, designed by sculptor R. Tait McKenzie, will be presented to Roberts at the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Others to be honored that evening include Olympic legend Jackie Joyner- Kersee and Ronald S. Feingold, professor emeritus at Adelphi University, New York; National Physical Education Teachers of the Year for Elementary, Middle and High School and National Adapted Physical Education, Dance and Health Teachers of the Year. The banquet is sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field.
"The Joy of Effort is given in recognition of those individuals who, by performance and style, have personified the concept that the effort made to enrich the goals and objectives of physical education and sport is a labor of love, inspired by commitment and dedication," says AAHPERD President Gale Wiedow, interim dean of the College of Education at Dakota State University in Madison, SD.
Georgi Roberts is in her 21st year as a health and physical educator beginning her work as an elementary physical education teacher. At that time, she often said it was the best job ever and that she would retire from her small urban school. Eight years later, she moved to administration with an emphasis in providing the 225+ health and physical education teachers in FWISD with the tools, training, and resources necessary to offer quality health and physical education. In the past 12 years, her district has been awarded over $5 million dollars in grant funding to support these efforts, including three Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress grants; however, the most recent from the CDC to address HIV, STD and teen pregnancy might be the one that means the most. But she always says that!
Roberts regularly serves on multiple state and national committees working on advocacy and programs. Recently she was part of the team that created the new National Standards for Physical Education, is active on the FITNESSGRAM Scientific Advisory Board and is part of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program support subcommittee for grants. Her work with the City of Fort Worth on creating a fit city has been a new adventure allowing her to advocate for children to be active and eat well.
She considers herself one of the most fortunate people in the world as she has a job that she loves to go to every day. According to Roberts, "I get to promote play and wellness, rigorous and relevant curriculum and learning, and still get to see joy in children's faces when they learn how to jump into a rope or proudly state that they have had five fruits and vegetables. Next stop: Who knows? But it will be related to children and wellness and having fun."
A graduate of University of North Texas, she received her graduate degree from Texas Woman's University.
The vision of SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is "Healthy People – Physically Educated and Physically Active!" Headquartered in Reston, VA 25 miles west of Washington, DC, SHAPE America is the largest organization of physical education, physical activity and school health professionals who are dedicated to teaching and promoting active, healthy lifestyles. Founded in 1885, SHAPE America is well known for its leadership in the development of standards and guidelines, as well as resources, professional development and advocacy for physical education, school health education and physical activity. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.