Press Release


National Teachers of the Year in PE, Adapted PE, Health, and Dance Announced at Educator's Convention

RESTON, VA, April 7, 2014 – Honoring the elite of the physical education, adapted physical education, school health and dance education professions, SHAPE America, formerly the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) announced the National Teachers of the Year (TOY). The winners were announced during the 129th annual AAHPERD National Convention & Expo in St. Louis this past week, April 1-5. The 2014 national award winners are:

  • Elementary School TOY – Shelly Hoffman, Central District, Franklin Elementary School, KS

Middle School TOY – Diane Wyatt, Central District, Abilene Middle School, KS

High School TOY – Anthony Loomis, Eastern District, Naugatuck High School, CT

Adapted TOY – Christina Luntzer, Southern District, Williamsburg James City County Schools, VA

  • Health TOY – Heidi Stan, Midwest District, Riverside Junior High School, IN
  • Dance TOY – MacKenzie Mushel, Central District, Rocky Mountain High School, CO

The TOY awards are given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance and the ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity. This award, sponsored by AAHPERD and Sportime & SPARK; innovators of equipment and evidence-based programs for physical educators, celebrated the 25th anniversary of this Teacher of the Year awards collaboration while in St. Louis. 

The national award recipients were announced this past Friday, April 4 at the AAHPERD Hall of Fame Banquet, sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field. Olympic legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee was also inducted into the AAHPERD Hall of Fame that evening.


Society of Health and Physical Educators
The Society of Health and Physical Educators, doing business as SHAPE America, is headquartered in Reston, VA, 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. Its vision is "Healthy People – Physically Educated and Physically Active!" SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, dance, school health and sport--all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport by providing its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to further the health and well-being of the American public. For more information, visit