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Recreation Teacher of the Year
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Recreation Professional of the Year


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

In nominating the candidate, please address each of the following 7 criteria using not more than one page double spaced for each criterion. Also, include two letters of recommendation based on the following criteria. One letter should be from a colleague and the other from someone in an administrative capacity who is familiar with the candidate's recreation education skills. If the candidate is the state winner, additional references will be needed for continuing on to Midwest and National.

  1. Has experience as a recreation educator
  2. Serves as a positive recreation role model.
  3. Utilizes various teaching techniques or plans innovative programs.
  4. Assumes responsibility for his/her professional growth.
  5. Works toward the implementation of comprehensive school recreation education.
  6. Evidences professional commitment through membership and involvement in local, state, and national recreation education committees and organizations.
  7. Has made significant contributions to the field of recreation education.
If you have been nominated for this award, CLICK HERE to download the forms to be completed and sent to Stacey Slackford-Barnes at

Submit the Online Application Form