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Health Professional of the Year
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Health Professional of the Year


For the purpose of this award, a health professional is defined as an individual who has major responsibility for either teaching health education in the public school or the college/university setting, or working in a community or public health agency as a health educator and is a member of OAHPERD/AAHE/AAHPERD.

  • Has a minimum of six (6) years teaching experience as a middle and/or secondary school physical education teacher.
  • Serves as a positive role model epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportspersonship, and sensitivity to the needs of students.
  • Utilizes various teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences.
  • Conducts a balanced and sequential curriculum.
  • Assumes responsibility for his/her professional growth.
  • Evidences professional commitment through membership and involvement in local state, and national physical education organizations.
  • Has made significant contributions to the field of physical education.


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