JBER Teacher Honored as Northwest District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year


March 8, 2017


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Jenna White, teacher at Orion Elementary RESTON, VA, March 8, 2017— Palmer, AK, resident Jenna White of Orion Elementary School on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will be honored as the Northwest District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 132nd National Convention & Expo in Boston, March 14-18.


SHAPE America’s Northwest District represents five states from Idaho to Alaska. The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the elementary school level and the ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity. 


White, a physical education teacher in the Anchorage School District for more than nine years, will vie with five other district winners for the distinguished honor of National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. At the convention, SHAPE America and Sportime featuring SPARK — innovators of equipment and evidence-based programs for physical educators — will celebrate the 28th anniversary of this Teacher of the Year awards collaboration.


The National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award recipient will be announced on Friday, March 17 at the SHAPE America Hall of Fame Banquet, sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field, and Sportime featuring SPARK. USA Today National Sports Columnist Christine Brennan will be inducted into the SHAPE America Hall of Fame that evening.


“Jenna represents the best in physical education in Alaska and beyond,” says Heather Mildon, supervisor of elementary education for the Anchorage School District. “Her commitment and drive, talent and expertise, and laser focus on providing a rock-solid PE experience for her own students and those across our district have inspired students and adults to achieve their fitness goals and enjoy themselves while doing so.”


White understands that impacting the lives of students requires leading by example. She serves as a positive role model for the entire school community by living an active lifestyle, hosting CrossFit training for teachers and families, and organizing clubs for running, cross-country skiing, and ice skating.


“I want my students to have the ability and confidence to do anything they want to do in life so they enjoy life to the fullest,” says White. “As I expose them to a wide variety of physical activities, I want them to see me participating in those things in my own life.”


In addition to developing students who are competent movers who love physical activity, White also emphasizes the development of social and emotional learning skills such as being honest, helpful, safe, friendly and fair.


“I incorporate activities that require teamwork, communication and respect, which in turn helps students recognize their own feelings,” says White. “I train students on how to manage the emotions of winning or losing and how to maintain a growth mindset when learning a difficult skill.”


White’s professional affiliations include SHAPE America and SHAPE Alaska. She is also affiliated with and supports the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in her school. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in physical education from University of Arkansas.


For more information about the 2017 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, visit the website at shapeamerica.org/convention and follow #SHAPEBoston.



About SHAPE America

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. We provide programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs.


SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. “50 Million Strong by 2029” is our commitment to empower all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.



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