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Carroll Teachers Receive State Awards in Health and Physical Education

Release Date: 10/26/2011 11:36:23 AM

Three Carroll County teachers have received awards from the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Ashley Bacon Boumel, a health education teacher at Parr’s Ridge Elementary School, was selected as the 2011-2012 Health Educator of the Year. This 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 methods and planning innovative learning experiences, conducting a balanced and sequential curriculum, and showing professional commitment through involvement in local, state and national organizations. Under Boumel’s leadership, Parr’s Ridge earned the National Blue Apple Health Education Award with Distinguished Honors, and the school’s fine arts and fitness team received the team excellence award from the Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Kellie Hurst, a health education teacher at Westminster High School, and Billy Kavalos, a physical educator from Eldersburg Elementary School, received the Simon McNeely Award. This award is given to teachers who exemplify outstanding teacher qualities and dedication to their profession. Recipients of this award are recognized for outstanding teaching and service and innovations in health, physical education, recreation or dance. Both teachers have presented numerous times at the state convention and are actively involved in school and community affairs related to their fields.

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