Adrienne Pivac, a physical education teacher from Boone Trail Elementary in the Wentzville School District, was named the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the St. Louis District at the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MOAHPERD) Annual Convention held November 10-12 at The Lodge of Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks.
Wentzville Middle School Physical Education Teacher Marc Tiernan received the Young Professional Award for demonstrating outstanding potential for scholarship, teaching, and professional leadership. Tiernan, along with Nicholas Clements who is also a PE teacher at Wentzville Middle School, served as members of the Representative Assembly (the governing board of MOAHPERD) for the past year leading up to the convention.
In addition, recently retired PE Teacher Sandy Moore was named President Elect of MOAHPERD. Sandy taught physical education for the Wentzville School District for 29 Years.
The theme for this year’s convention was GROW – Growing Responsibly for Optimal Well-Being. The nearly 1,000-member association attracted more than 500 educators from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, as well as colleges and universities to their 81st annual convention. Eleven WSD physical education teachers attended the conference and most of them also presented at ten separate breakout sessions to their peers from across the state.
Among the initiatives sponsored by MOAHPERD are support for the joint project with the American Heart Association: Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart. Last year, WSD physical education teachers coordinated efforts that raised over $110,000 for research and education related to stroke and heart health.
MOAHPERD is an association open to professionals and future professionals in health, physical education, recreation, dance and related fields that provides leadership and assistance to schools with the development of exemplary programs in health and physical education.