Press Release


SHAPE America Announces National Teachers of the Year in PE, Adapted PE, Health and Dance

RESTON, VA, March 20, 2015 — SHAPE America –Society of Health and Physical Educators today announced its 2015 national Teacher of the Year (TOY) award winners, six individuals who are among the elite of the physical education, adapted physical education, school health and dance education professions. 

The national award recipients — selected from among 24 district winners representing SHAPE America's six districts — were announced during the organization's National Convention & Expo in Seattle. 

The 2015 national Teacher of the Year award winners are:  

  • Elementary Physical Education — Betty Ann Fish, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia (Eastern District)

  • Middle School Physical Education — Shelly Ellis, Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, Seattle (Northwest District)

  • High School Physical Education — Karen Bonnett, Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, WV (Midwest District)

  • Adapted Physical Education — Greg Lukshaitis, Beaverton School District, Portland, OR (Northwest District)
  • Health Education — Andy Horne, New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL (Midwest District)

  • Dance Education — Joseph DeMers, Hamilton Middle School, Denver (Central District) 

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. At the convention, SHAPE America and SPARK & Sportime — innovators of equipment and evidence-based programs for physical educators — celebrated the 26th anniversary of this Teacher of the Year awards collaboration.

The national award recipients were honored at the SHAPE America Hall of Fame Banquet, sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field.


About SHAPE America
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.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit