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The Wentzville School District is proud to announce that Wentzville Middle School physical education teacher Jennifer Werner has been named SHAPE America’s 2021 National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America. 

Werner, who has served students of the WSD since 2019, previously taught high schoolers and alternative education before moving to the middle school level ten years ago. “On my journey, some things have worked and some have not, but I have been blessed to have many administrators, colleagues, and life leaders who have supported and challenged me to do what’s best for kids,” she recounted. “Being named 2021 SHAPE National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year is very exciting and a huge honor.” 

The National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize the efforts of educators who have contributed significantly to physical education at the middle school level. Key criteria include the educator’s facilitation of a comprehensive and diverse physical education program, utilization of various teaching methodologies, implementation of innovative and diverse student experiences, and advocation for the profession by participation in professional development and leadership in the field.

“It takes an extraordinary amount of dedication and commitment, as well as a mastery of certain skills and knowledge, to be selected as a National Teacher of the Year,” said Dr. Kelly Mantz, Principal of Wentzville Middle School. “Mrs. Werner is one of those teachers you wish every child got to have in his or her life, we are so proud that she is the 2021 National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.”

Werner’s recognition took place during SHAPE America’s 2021 Virtual National Convention & Expo, which was held April 13-17.