Three Wentzville School District physical education teachers have earned the title of 2018 Missouri Physical Education Teacher of the Year, at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.
Sally Schulte from Heritage Primary has been named the Missouri Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, Marc Tiernan from Wentzville Middle School has been named the Missouri Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and Melanie Zerr from Timberland High School has been named the Missouri High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year; all by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD).
“It is unprecedented to have all three grade-level recipients from the same school district,” said Executive Director of MOAHPERD Dr. Thomas Loughrey. “It is also an indication of the quality seen in the teachers of the Wentzville School District.”
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.
Tiernan, who serves in the Air National Guard, has worked for the WSD since 2012, and was honored by MOAHPERD last year with the Young Professional Award for demonstrating outstanding potential for scholarship, teaching and professional leadership. “Marc had a vision to repurpose a storage room into a space where students could create fitness goals for themselves and track their work toward these goals. Students now think of this as a lifetime activity and not merely another class that they have to take,” said Wentzville Middle School Principal Dr. Kelly Mantz. “He takes the responsibility of his job seriously and is constantly finding ways to improve himself, our students, his colleagues and his teaching methods.”
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, Tiernan and Zerr will receive their awards at the MOAHPERD state convention at the Lodge of Four Seasons on Saturday, November 10th. They are all now eligible for the Central District Teacher of the Year award in their respective categories, which covers nine states: Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. Central District winners are eligible for the national PE Teacher of the Year award through Shape America.
“We are extremely proud to have three state-level recipients of this distinguished honor,” said WSD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “This is a reflection of the professionalism and caliber of our educators, as well as the esteem with which they are regarded across the state. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Schulte, Mr. Tiernan and Mrs. Zerr as part of our team as they are all leaders in their field and tremendous resources for our students.”