Special education teacher earns 9-state distinction
A local educator has been honored with a regional award for teaching physical education classes for special-needs students.
Margery Thompson of the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative has been given the 2011 Central District Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The AAHPERD Central District includes nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Thompson learned about the honor Saturday, and she will receive the award at the AAHPERD Central District convention in February 2012 Colorado Springs, Colo.
A few days earlier, Thompson received the 2011 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year award for the state of Kansas, awarded by the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
She received the state award Nov. 3 in Hays during the annual KAHPERD Awards Banquet. Each year the organization recognizes outstanding educators for meritorious service in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, dance, and adapted physical education.
The KAHPERD organization advocates for the health and fitness of Kansas children and youth and is the leading support organization for physical activity related fields.
Thompson is an adapted physical education instructor working with the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative. She serves special-needs children in Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood and Lansing schools.
Thompson will now move on to the national Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year competition.
This award will be given to one teacher who will be chosen from the winners in the six AAHPERD districts within the United States, and it is also presented by the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation. The group’s national convention will take place in March 2012 in Boston.