Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year

For the purpose of this award, an adapted physical educator is defined as an individual who has major responsibility for teaching adapted physical education with early childhood age, elementary, or secondary levels or any combination of the above for a specific school system and is a member of Arizona Health and Physical Education

  • Possesses a valid teaching certificate in adapted physical education (nominee with this certificate would have first priority)
  • Has a minimum of five years teaching experience in adapted physical education in Arizona, and is presently employed as an adapted PE teacher.
  • Serves as a positive role model epitomizing personal health, fitness, enjoyment of activities, sportsmanship and sensitivity to the needs of students.
  • Demonstrates exceptional talent in designing, modifying and adaptation of the learning environment and activities which contribute to and support the successful inclusion of special needs students into the regular PE classroom to the fullest degree possible.
  • Successfully involved in extending adapted PE, and recreation skills, knowledge, and values beyond the classroom such as participation in Special Olympics, Wheelchair Games, parental involvement, and encouraging their full potential within and outside of the school walls.
  • Fosters student achievement of independent living and self control, through the media of sport, physical education and recreation.
  • Has made a significant contribution to the field of adapted physical education by assuming leadership responsibilities, making presentations and publishing educational materials at the local, state and/or national levels.
  • Must exemplify high moral character and personal integrity and assume responsibility for his/her professional growth.


Can be submitted to SHAPE America for National Award

Scoring by Rubrics