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2016 National Teachers of the Year

SHAPE America's national Teacher of the Year award winners represent the "best of the best" in adapted physical education, dance education, health education, and physical education.

Check out the list of 2016 District Teachers of the Year here.

Tracy Newlove SharlowMaria RoyalsMelanie Lynch
Tracy Newlove Sharlow


St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
District: Eastern
City/State: Canton, NY
Maria Royals


George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
District: Eastern 
City/State: Towson, MD
Melanie Lynch


State College Area High School
District: Eastern
City/State: State College, PA
"I believe physical literacy is such an important part of a child's life. Children love to learn through play, so I focus on my students' abilities and connect with them through play."

"In my experience, high school students desperately want to voice their opinions and be heard. I provide students with the opportunity to talk about what they think, feel and experience, through dance."
"My program is designed to be high energy and student centered. The primary goal is to educate, motivate and inspire students and the community to take personal responsibility for improving their health habits."
Penny KroeningRon Trainum Sara Russell


Summit View Elementary School
District: Midwest
City/State: Waukesha, WI
Ron Trainum


Toano Middle School
District: Southern
City/State: Toano, VA
Sara Russell


Tahoma Junior High School
District: Northwest
City/State: Ravensdale, WA
"In my classroom, student choice is an essential tool that easily makes the physical education curriculum exciting and personable to each and every student."

"I have spent my entire teaching career working with middle schoolers. They have a unique ability to do fun and crazy things. I push my students to go outside their comfort zones and explore new physical activities."
"Students knowing the why behind what we do is extremely important. I want students to leave class not only being able to say, 'This is what we did in class,' but also, 'This is what we learned in class.'"