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Adapted Physical Educator of the Year
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Adapted Physical Educator of the Year 


For the purpose of this award, an adapted physical educator is defined as an individual who has major responsibility for teaching adapted physical education with early childhood age, elementary, or secondary levels or any combination of the above for a specific school system and is a member of OAHPERD/APAC/SHAPE America.

  • Possesses a valid teaching certificate in adapted physical education (nominee with this certificate would have first priority)
  • Has a minimum of five years teaching experience in adapted physical education in Ohio, and is presently employed as an adapted PE teacher.
  • Serves as a positive role model epitomizing personal health, fitness, enjoyment of activities, sportsmanship and sensitivity to the needs of students.
  • Demonstrates exceptional talent in designing, modifying and adaptation of the learning environment and activities which contribute to and support the successful inclusion of special needs students into the regular PE classroom to the fullest degree possible.
  • Successfully involved in extending adapted PE, and recreation skills, knowledge, and values beyond the classroom such as participation in Special Olympics, Wheelchair Games, parental involvement, and encouraging their full potential within and outside of the school walls.
  • Fosters student achievement of independent living and self control, through the media of sport, physical education and recreation.
  • Has made a significant contribution to the field of adapted physical education by assuming leadership responsibilities, making presentations and publishing educational materials at the local, state and/or national levels.
  • Must exemplify high moral character and personal integrity and assume responsibility for his/her professional growth.



The online application and all supporting materials must be submitted to Stacey Slackford-Barnes via email in PDF or Microsoft Word format only. Only send fully completed applications in one email to Stacey at by the respective due date. Incomplete packets will not be considered.


  1. OAHPERD Award Application Cover page
  2. Completed general online application - please download and save first, then complete, and finally re-save with your name in title.
  3. Award criteria responses
  4. Essay question responses
  5. Two letters of recommendation based on the criteria (one letter from a peer teacher and another from someone in an administrative capacity who is familiar with the candidate's teaching skills)
  6. Teacher of the Year Publicity Form
  7. Professional head shot (JPEG at 300 dpi minimum)

Each of the above should be saved as a separate file (6 attachments total). PDF and Word files only.


Download OAHPERD Application Cover Page

Download the General Online Application

Download the Award Criteria Form

Download the Award Essay Form

Download the TOY Publicity Form