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Seattle Public Schools Physical Education Program Manager to be Honored at SHAPE America National Convention

RESTON, VA, March 21, 2016 – Lori S. Dunn, preK-12 physical education/health literacy program manager for the Seattle Public Schools, will be honored with the Channing Mann Physical Education Administrator of the Year Award by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators during its 131st National Convention & Expo, April 5-9 in Minneapolis. A skilled and passionate educator who is committed to the physical, emotional and academic health of students, Dunn embodies the Channing Mann Award criteria of leadership, service, advocacy and contributions to the curriculum.  

The award-winning administrator is responsible for curriculum, supervision, mentoring, assessment providing professional services related to teaching and teacher education in physical education and grant writing for 3600 certificated teachers and support staff in 98 schools serving 54,000 students. She will receive the Channing Mann Award at the SHAPE America Celebration of Professional Excellence Ceremony on Thursday, April 7.  

According to SHAPE America President Steve Jefferies, professor emeritus of Central Washington University, "this award honors an individual who exemplifies the highest standards in accomplishment, innovation, and leadership." 

In addition to her curriculum supervision, Dunn has served as the director of the district's Physical Education for Progress (PEP) grant worth $1.6 million. Working with staff, community based organizations, consultants, teachers and family members, she garners the resources and supports necessary for all students to feel confident and successful. For example, Dunn's partnership with George Pocock Rowing Foundation brought the Erg-Ed Rowing Program to Seattle Public Schools and it is now being replicated across the country. This past school year she secured a Federal Partnership for Improving Public Health (PICH) grant for $204,000 to support Early Learning Fitness (ELF) in schools and the community.

Among her many awards, Dunn was inducted into the North American Society which recognizes outstanding professionals from within the allied professions of health education, physical education, recreation, sport and dance in North America. She has also received the SHAPE Washington Honor Award in 2012, and was the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (former NASPE) National High School Teacher of the Year in 2006. Dunn received her bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in health education from Eastern Washington University and her master's degree in administration and guidance and counseling from Azusa Pacific University.  

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the website and follow hashtag #SHAPEMinneapolis.


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