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North American Society Announces 2018 Honorees

RESTON, VA, March 12, 2018 —Lynn Johnson, chair of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Fellows (NAS), today announced its class of 2018 outstanding professionals. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the 133rd SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Nashville, March 22, at the Professional Excellence Awards Ceremony. They were:

    North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Fellows (NAS)
  • Marybell Avery, Lincoln Public Schools, NE (retired)
  • Kelly Boyd, East Stroudsburg University, PA
  • Suzanne S. Mueller, East Stroudsburg University, PA
  • Joonkoo Yun, Oregon State University

Established in 1999, the NAS recognizes outstanding professionals from within the allied professions of health education, physical education, recreation, sport and dance in North America. Presenting this year’s honorees will be Dr. Fran Cleland, president of SHAPE America-Society of Health and Physical Educators, and Dr. Brian Lewis representing Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada).

Individuals are members of SHAPE America or PHE Canada who have demonstrated outstanding competence through professional involvement over a period of at least 20 years.

“The North American Society is reserved for members of SHAPE America and PHE Canada who have made significant and sustained contributions,” says Johnson. “Its purpose is to bring together recognized leaders from the various fields for the purpose of collaboration and gaining fresh perspectives on the latest issues and trends affecting the professions.”

Since its first class in 2000, approximately 164 individuals have been inducted into the society.

For more information about SHAPE America’s National Convention & Expo, visit the website and follow #SHAPENashville.


About PHE Canada
PHE Canada is a recognized leader and vital contributor in fostering achievement and health among children and youth living in Canada. We advocate for and advance quality health and physical education opportunities in school communities and increase awareness of the relationship between health and education and the importance of learning environments that focus on an inclusive, whole child approach. Learn more at

About SHAPE America
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. We provide programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs.

SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Active Schools (formerly Let’s Move! Active Schools) and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. “50 Million Strong by 2029” is our commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs. For more information, visit

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