Prioritize Health & Physical Education for Students' Well-Being

The pandemic has illuminated the need for schools to consider students’ physical, mental, and social-emotional health above all else. And, an important part of the solution must be health and physical education.

The good news is that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) identifies school health and physical education (HPE) as part of a student's well-rounded education. That means that all administrators can take advantage of new funding opportunities to expand their programs and improve the physical, mental and emotional health of their students.


Administrator Series

School administrators — including principals, district-level administrators and superintendents — provide vital leadership in the schools and communities they serve.

This new series highlights administrators from around the country who understand the critical link between health and education — and who have created school environments that prioritize student health and wellness.

Featured Administrators
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Scott Taylor

Principal, Park Brook Elementary School (MN) | Bio

Why Our Elementary School Keeps Its Focus on Fitness: A Principal’s Perspective

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Scott Taylor has been a principal in the Osseo Area Schools for 16 years, with 14 years at Park Brook Elementary in Brooklyn Park, MN. Increasing physical education and fitness has been key to academic growth at Park Brook. He graduated from Northern Arizona University and St. Cloud State and has an administration licensure from St. Mary’s University. He can be reached at [email protected].
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Ashley Krause

Associate Superintendent, Farmington R7 School District (MO) | Bio

How Our School District Used the WSCC Model to Promote Health and Wellness

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Dr. Ashley Krause is associate superintendent for the Farmington R7 School District in Farmington, MO. She is actively involved in many state organizations and has made presentations in various state and national conferences such as MOCASE, where she currently serves as president. You can reach her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @drkrauseashley.
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Chris Lineberry

Principal, Apache Junction High School (AZ) | Bio

Addressing the Physical and Emotional Needs of Students During COVID-19: A Principal’s Perspective

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Dr. Chris Lineberry is principal of Apache Junction High School in Arizona. He was raised and cut his teeth in education in North Carolina where he attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and became a principal in 2005. In 2006, Chris had a heart attack at school, which was the impetus for his focus on the education of the whole child and the importance of self-care among educators.

How to Prioritize Health and Physical Education

Establish and adopt policies, standards and guidelines


Evaluate and elevate existing programs


Support your HPE Program with strong staff and strong initiatives