Hitchner Named Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year
Release Date: 11/5/2010 12:10:08 PM
Jamie Hitchner, a physical education teacher at Taneytown Elementary School, has been named the 2010-2011 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award is presented to a teacher who serves as a positive role model epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship, and sensitivity to the needs of students. Other criteria include using various teaching methodologies and planning innovative learning experiences, conducting a balanced and sequential curriculum, and showing professional commitment through involvement in local, state, and national organizations.
Hitchner has been an elementary physical educator for the past 17 years in Carroll County Public Schools, since graduating from Western Maryland College in 1993. In addition to his elementary physical education responsibilities, he is an Adjunct Professor of Teacher Education at McDaniel College, facilitating the course Instructional Strategies for Teaching Elementary Physical Education.
Hitchner is a leader among his school and county colleagues. In addition to school responsibilities and county curriculum initiatives, he is actively involved in the professional organizations MAHPERD and AAHPERD. He has presented sessions at state, district and national AAHPERD conventions. In 2009 he earned National Board Teacher Certification and in 2008 his program at Taneytown Elementary received National STARS and Maryland AHPERD Demonstration School recognition.
According to Linda Kephart, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education, “Jamie is a leader among his school colleagues, as well as other physical educators in the county. His dedication to student learning and professional growth is admirable.”