The Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (KAPHERD) presented awards to several Bullitt County educators during its 2016 fall convention in Lexington.
Former Maryville Elementary School teacher Dennis Minnis was named 2016-2017 Kentucky Elementary School PE Teacher of the Year.
“I am humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” Minnis said. “I work with so many incredible teachers, students, and support staff. This award is dedicated to the staff of Maryville, the kids that I have worked with, and to the school system as a whole for supporting me in the small things that I am allowed to do.”
Pleasant Grove Elementary School PE teacher Traci Sewell echoed many colleagues in expressing congratulations to Minnis.
“I am so very proud of Dennis Minnis for receiving the KY PE Teacher of the year,” Sewell said. “He is certainly well deserving of this and has been the rock on which we lean against for building a healthier county for our students both presently and in the future. A true enthusiastic warrior of Health and Physical education.”
The accolade for Minnis was one of several earned by BCPS for excellence in physical education, as well as a leading county for healthier schools.
The district received an award for 100% tobacco free schools and each school was awarded a banner for display.
Minnis, who now teaches at North Bullitt High School, and Eastside Middle School PE teacher Jodi Grant were recognized as a Fuel Up to Play60 schools.
Grant praised Fuel Up to Play60 as an amazing program that has done a lot for Eastside is incredible.
“Fuel Up to Play60 makes it so easy for the kids and teachers to use and enhance their programs at our school,” she said. “The website and staff are always there if you ever need help on any activities you introduce.”
Grant lauded Kathy Belcher and Alan Curtsinger as being a big part of Eastside's success with the program.
“I could not have done the things I have done without their support and help throughout the program,” she said. “The kids at Eastside also make the program what it is so it really is not about me. I love the honor but it is about the kids and people around me that makes it all happen.”
For years, Sewell has coordinated Jump Rope for Heart at Pleasant Grove and students have brought in a lot of money.
KAPHERD presented Pleasant Grove their $150,000 level banner for efforts over the years in supporting the American Heart Association in fighting heart disease and stroke.
I am extremely proud of all students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community for supporting Jump Rope for Heart,” Sewell said. “It is a worthy cause teaching healthy habits to prevent cardiovascular disease as well as compassion for others. Our students, both past and present, are deserving of all recognition. Way to REPRESENT Dolphins!!”
Minnis praised Sewell’s work
“She is so amazing,” he remarked. “Great teacher and great school!”