State Group Recognizes Health and P.E. Educators
Several MCPS staff members, the Board of Education president and a county councilman all received kudos from SHAPE Maryland (Society of Health and Physical Educators) during its annual convention last month in Ocean City. They were recognized for their work and contributions to health education, physical education and/or student wellness.
Among those who received awards:
- Brook Aranda, resource teacher, Quince Orchard High School
- Ashley Caruso, teacher, White Oak Middle School
- Lauren Ann Gonzalez, teacher, Montgomery Blair High School
- Kimberly Hartung, P.E. teacher, Bells Mill, Brown Station and Brookhaven elementary schools
- Christine Hincken Di Monte, resource teacher for P.E./Health/Dance, James Hubert Blake High School
- Benjamin Hines, P.E. teacher, Meadow Hall and Sargent Shriver elementary schools
They were given Simon A. McNeely Awards, which recognize teachers who demonstrate outstanding innovation in teaching health education or physical education, along with active involvement in school and community affairs. The award is named for Simon A. McNeely, who was a special education teacher and longtime member of the President’s Council for Physical Fitness, and the United States and International Olympic committees.
The Distinguished Advocate for Healthful Living Award was given to Shebra Evans, president of the Board of Education, and William Jawando, Montgomery County Councilmember. This award honors legislators who promote, support and advocate for health and physical education.
In addition, Marla Caplon, co-chair of the MCPS Systemwide Wellness Committee, and Elizabeth Thomas, principal of Quince Orchard High School, were honored with the Friend of SHAPE Maryland Award. This award is given to school administrators or community leaders who promote, support and advocate for health and physical education programs in school settings.