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Congratulations 2020 VAHPERD Professional Award Recipients

Elementary Physical Education – Andrea Samsky

Middle Physical Education – Jessica Bayliss

Secondary Physical Education – Tia Moore

Adapted Physical Education – Jenn Vedder

Supervisor – Sheila Jones

College/University Health – Donna Wolf

College/University PE – Ann-Catherine Sullivan

Honor – Chad Triolet

Celebrate our award recipients at the Awards Ceremony on November, 7th 2020. More details to follow.

Introducing The VAHPERD Podcast!

Now available on Spotify, join us as we dive into today's latest topics surrounding the health and physical education profession. On our podcast, you can listen to the interviews of Virginia's top HPE teachers, leaders, and the network of individuals committed to providing quality HPE to the students of Virginia. Are you a teacher, student, or parent who is interested in the future of health and physical education? Then this is where you need to be! This podcast is brought to you by Jenna McMahon and Rob Lauser of the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Support this podcast:


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VAHPERD Family, 

I have been drafting this email for what seems like weeks. This is a time of uncertainty for all Health and Physical Educators, filled with a lot of emotions and unknowns for the future. Monday, March 23rd was a historic day for Virginia. Our governor has closed schools for the remainder of the academic year. Even though schools are closed, VAHPERD supports continuity of learning for all students. Be patient and try not to be overwhelmed as we wait for guidance from the VDOE and Virginia Public School Systems regarding instruction moving forward. I want to share with you a few things that I know to be true.

  • This is just a season.  Personally, I must keep reminding myself of this. Listen and demonstrate the recommendations (from the CDC) to ensure this time isn't longer than it must be. It WILL get better
  • We are adaptable. As a profession, we adjust things all the time (and sometimes on the fly!) so I'm not surprised that a lot of you have stepped up right out the gate. As members of VAHPERD, I am proud of everyone for stepping up to meet the challenge. You're doing a GREAT job for your families and students. Have you seen the #HPEatHome tweets from @RayGrayPE and @JrV4Victory?! Awesome work guys! 
  • We are resilient. Despite our feelings and emotions about the unknown - we keep pushing. We keep showing up! This community of educators ARE and WILL stand strong.  We will persevere through this difficult time together.

There are a variety of fabulous standard-driven resources and creative teachers thinking beyond the box! If you need help/suggestions with how, when, what, where, content, materials, resources, etc., please reach out to us on social media @vahperd with the #VaStrong. We would love to connect with you and help in any way we can!  

Remember, we have the opportunity to do something spectacular as an association, as educators, as families, as individuals. We have the continued power to impact the lives of our students.

I recently heard that "only under tension will you see growth". This season of life and "tension" will not get the best of us. Together we will grow and only be better because of it. You are amazing and this profession NEEDS your special touch. Keep showing up and thriving! #BetterTogether 

Stay safe and well! 


Leslie Meadows 

President, VAHPERD






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