Two Wentzville School District physical education teachers have been named Central District Physical Education Teachers of the Year at the elementary and high school levels by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America.
Sally Schulte from Heritage Primary has been named the Central District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Melanie Zerr from Timberland High School has been named the Central District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Both teachers qualified for the award after being named Missouri Physical
Education Teachers of the Year in the elementary and high school categories by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD), which was announced in August. Schulte and Zerr were both selected among state teachers of the year to represent the Central District which includes nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
“It is unprecedented to have two Central District recipients from the same school district,” said Executive Director of MOAHPERD Dr. Thomas Loughrey. “It is also an indication of the quality teachers the WSD employs, the support the District provides for their continued professional development, and the opportunity the WSD provides through their excellent curriculum and school culture.”
Schulte has worked for the WSD since 2010 and currently serves as the lead PE teacher for the District. “Sally is an advocate for physical and health education in our district, and she works hard to ensure that all teachers have what they need (resources, access to professional learning, etc.) to do the very best they can for their students,” said WSD Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Keri Skeeters.
Zerr, who qualified this year to compete in the World Horseshoe Championship, has worked for the WSD since 2005. “Melanie goes above and beyond to create a classroom environment that promotes valuing physical activity and a healthy lifestyle,” said Timberland PE teacher and co-worker Ami Schulte. “She is an outstanding example of how teachers should strive to be in the classroom and represent our profession.”
Schulte and Zerr will receive their awards at the SHAPE America National Convention in Tampa, Florida April 9-13, 2019. They are both now eligible for the National PE Teacher of the Year award in their respective categories through SHAPE America, which will make those announcements at the national convention. The application process includes an online interview, photos and a video submission.
“We are extremely proud to have two of our teachers named recipients of this distinguished honor,” said WSD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Mrs. Schulte and Mrs. Zerr are both very deserving, as they are recognized leaders in their field. We are fortunate to have them as part of our team and our students are fortunate to have access to such high quality instructors.”