FPHS teacher a finalist for National P.E. Teacher of the Year

FPHS teacher a finalist for National P.E. Teacher of the Year
Posted on 03/08/2017
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Kim Jackson, physical education teacher at Franklin Pierce High School, will be honored as the Northwest District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 132nd National Convention & Expo in Boston, MA on March 14-18. 

SHAPE America’s Northwest District represents five states from Idaho to Alaska. The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the high school level and the ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Jackson has been a physical education teacher at FPHS for the past 23 years. She will vie with four other district winners for the distinguished honor of National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. The National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year award recipient will be announced on Friday, March 17 at the SHAPE America Hall of Fame Banquet.

“Kim is sincerely dedicated to implementing a comprehensive school physical activity program promoting effective physical education, before- and after-school physical activity, brain boosters during the school day, staff involvement, and family and community engagement,” says Lisa Rakoz, supervisor, health and fitness education, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Her expectations for the students are tremendously high and she gains students’ respect.” Jackson’s classes include students of all skill levels. Through technology, she is able to differentiate her lessons and modify activities for students with injuries, mobility issues, or disabilities.

Outside the classroom, Jackson has been a member of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Health and Fitness Cadre for nine years, serving as part of the committee involved in implementing Common Core State Standards into physical education standards and classrooms.

Jackson’s professional affiliations include SHAPE America and SHAPE Washington. She is affiliated with and supports the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in her school, and is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Physical Education/Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood.

Congratulations, Kim Jackson!