SHAPE America Membership

 

Why did you join SHAPE America as a student?

I strongly believe that all future professionals should be active members of SHAPE America. The website provides a great toolkit that exposes our students to professional development opportunities, best practice guidelines, interactive dialogue with other professionals, and effective advocacy strategies.

Dr. Jim McCall (member since 1974)
Rowan University, NJ

Why is it so important to be a SHAPE America member?

Throughout my career, this organization has kept me abreast on current issues and trends in health and physical education. The website provides teachers with a wealth of information on a variety of topics and is easy to navigate. I appreciate SHAPE America for serving as our advocate at the national level - thanks for all you do for your members!

Teresita Ramirez (member since 1980)
Retired professor at the University of Texas at Austin, TX

Why do you appreciate the SHAPE America membership so much?

Membership has provided me with access to other member’s ideas – for instance, because of a colleague’s suggestion at the annual SHAPE America convention, I tweaked my own school's needs by completely changing how we manage our Field Day! Friendships are made at conventions, and you can reach out to them if you need a new idea for teaching a unit or have an administrator/district concern - these things are invaluable. 

Wendy Scholten  (member since 2000)
KAHPERD Past President, KS

I strongly believe that all future professionals should be active members of SHAPE America. The website provides a great toolkit that exposes our students to professional development opportunities, best practice guidelines, interactive dialogue with other professionals, and effective advocacy strategies.

Dr. Jim McCall (member since 1974)
Rowan University, NJ

Why did you join SHAPE America as a student?

Joining SHAPE America as a student showed me the depth of our profession and allowed me to make connections with fellow HPE students across the nation. I truly value the opportunity SHAPE America has given me to grow as I start my career this year teaching K-8 Physical Education.

Kelsey Machado (member since 2019)
Student at Western Washington University, WA

Why is it so important to be a SHAPE America member?

There are many reasons to become a member, but I believe the most important is the energy and camaraderie while attending conferences with like-minded professionals. For 37 years, I have encouraged my students to join their national and state organizations. This is something I can’t teach, it is something students must experience.

Dr. Barry Lavay (member since 1974)
Retired Professor at California State University at Long Beach, CA

Why do you continue your SHAPE America membership?

When I retired from teaching, I knew I wasn't ready to retire from the HPE community. I have the time now to read articles and pass them along to teachers, as well as, connect with peers around the country and spread the word about what is happening in other states. SHAPE America is evolving to meet the current needs of our profession and it is still exciting to get caught up in the wave of the future!

Dorothy Orr (member since 1987)
Retired Pre-K to University Graduate Level Physical Educator

Joining SHAPE America as a student showed me the depth of our profession and allowed me to make connections with fellow HPE students across the nation. I truly value the opportunity SHAPE America has given me to grow as I start my career this year teaching K-8 Physical Education.

Kelsey Machado (member since 2019)
Student at Western Washington University, WA

Why did you become a SHAPE America member?

SHAPE America is our professional organization. As future professional physical and health educators, we must lay the foundation for our career. Membership is just one fraction of what this organization can do for you!

Dr. Dana Espinosa (member since 1977)
Associate Professor of Kinesiology, East Carolina University, NC

Why is it so important to be a SHAPE America member?

For us at Mason, it is important that our teacher candidates realize they will be the next generation of leaders. Therefore, to develop their sense of professionalism, we require them to engage in multiple professional activities – one option is to become a SHAPE America member to learn about the benefits such a membership can offer.

Dr. Dominique Banville (member since 1996)
George Mason University, VA

Why should I join SHAPE America?

SHAPE America provides a network for health and physical educators who will stand with you throughout your professional journey, from pre-service teacher to seasoned veteran. SHAPE America is committed to providing the resources needed to stay passionate and committed to the field and become effective leaders and change agents.

Dr. Cathy Houston-Wilson (member since 1986)
SUNY College at Brockport, NY

 

 

Why did you become a SHAPE America member?

Introducing future professionals to the profession is essential! Having them become a member of SHAPE America can have a lasting impact on the profession and the preK-12 students they will work with during their careers. SHAPE America offers future professionals the tools, support and guidance to become high quality health and physical educators.

Dr. Ingrid Johnson (member since 2000)
Grand Valley State University, MI

What is your goal as a retiree?

As a retiree, my goal is to stay relevant and give back to our profession. Being a member of SHAPE America affords me the opportunity to stay involved, stay current in the field, attend conferences, and continue to advocate for quality Physical Education across the country. The more voices we have as an organization, the stronger we will be.

Margaret Robelee (member since 1999)
Retired Elementary PE teacher of 33 years, NY

What does SHAPE America membership mean to you?

SHAPE America Membership = Opportunity; your opportunity for lifelong learning and leading and developing meaningful friendships! Change occurs through you or to you; use your opportunities through SHAPE America membership to guide the profession and influence the uninformed.

Dr. Betsy Silva (member since 1990)
Black Hills State University, SD

 

 

Why did you become a SHAPE America member?

I joined SHAPE America because I am returning to the teaching profession after about 14 years and I wanted to familiarize myself with all of the latest and greatest information. I knew SHAPE America would be an excellent resource in doing so.

Jennifer Johnson (member since 2018)
Physical Education Teacher, Tennessee

How has the SHAPE America membership empowered you?

My SHAPE America membership has empowered me in three areas. The first is by giving me free access to podcasts and webinars, which helped with my professional development. Secondly, it has provided me with valuable tools to help advocate for my profession at the school and district levels. Lastly, the Teacher’s Toolbox has provided me with resources for students and their families, to encourage healthier habits during after school hours.

Willie Wilson (member since 1998)
Retired Elementary School PE Teacher, CA

What are you grateful for with your SHAPE America membership?

I'm grateful for the opportunities that SHAPE America provides students and professionals to be recognized for their achievements through grants and awards. Now that I am a professional working in the field, I find it important to stay connected with other members who are equally passionate about advancing the field, and finding innovative ways to keep our youth healthy.

Dr. Tan Leng Goh (member since 2010)
Central Connecticut State University, CT

 

 

Why is it so important to be a SHAPE America member?

I am a student studying health and physical education. SHAPE America is an organization that will help develop my skills as a physical and health educator.

Jake Ivey (member since 2018)
Western Michigan University, '19, Physical & Health Education Teaching Major

Why are you an active member of SHAPE America member?

I joined SHAPE America to be in the loop and up-to-date with the latest trends in our profession. I'm always on the lookout for new materials related to health and fitness, and ways to motivate 8th graders, process assessments, and integrate technology into my classroom.

Christine Hoelker (member since 2018)
Middle School Physical Education, CA

Why is it so important to be a SHAPE America member?

When I stepped into my first national convention, simply being in the presence of thousands of physical educators was powerful. My passion was reignited in part by existing in the same space as so many like-minded people.

Jonathan Jones (member since 2016)
2018 SHAPE Maryland Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

 

 

What do you enjoy most about your SHAPE America membership?

As former president of SHAPE America (2009-2010), my professional career began as a future professional and I was mentored by many leaders within the field. The friends, experiences and interactions with other professionals made changes in my professional career. Thank you SHAPE America for your support and encouragement throughout my career.

Dr. Dana Brooks (member since 1978)
West Virginia University, WV

What resources does SHAPE America offer you?

Every teacher needs to prioritize his or her plan to promote continued learning when they are finished with their post-secondary experience. Being a member of SHAPE America is a fantastic choice for future physical educators as they are presented with so many resources when they start their careers. Attending a conference almost guarantees new professional connections and friendships.

Ms. Jenny Smith (member since 2004)
University of Northern Iowa, IA

What resources does SHAPE America offer you?

I am a Physical Education Teacher Educator and member. I continue to present nationally, regionally, and state-wide. I enjoy meeting up with former peers and continuing my education.

Dr. Fitni Destani (member since 2006)
Iowa State University, IA

 

 

What do you enjoy most about your SHAPE America membership?

SHAPE America is the best blend of passion and professionalism for our field of health and physical education (HPE). SHAPE America provides the resources for our young professionals and HPE veterans to thrive in carrying the message of health and physical literacy in our schools and communities.

Dr. Kim Hurley (member since 2001)
University of Northern Iowa, IA

Why is it so important to be a SHAPE America member?

 Our constituents — both parents and K-12 children — deserve teachers who are passionate, knowledgeable and devoted to prosperous careers as educators. As members of SHAPE America, teacher candidates are provided a wealth of resources to begin this journey resulting in many who continue as professionals committed to lifetime learning, service and advocacy.

Dr. Clancy Seymour (member since 1995)
Canisius College, NY