Saturday, December 16, 2017
This fall, two MPS physical education teachers received awards from Wisconsin Health and Physical Education. Keith Barton from Mitchell School was named Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Dave Weidenbach, who teaches at both Honey Creek and Howard Schools, was honored with the Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Award.
Keith Barton has been with MPS more than ten years and has 20 years of teaching experience. He sets an example for his students by maintaining his own physical fitness. With two Master’s degrees, his career is focused on ongoing learning, adaptation to instruction, and high standards. His work earned him honors as Teacher of the Year.
Dave Weidenbach was recognized for his work with Jump Rope for Heart that goes back to 1992. He exceeded fundraising goals most years and excelled at heart health awareness in association with the program.
At the awards ceremony, Brett Fuller, curriculum specialist for MPS, was also honored as outgoing past president for his leadership of Wisconsin Health and Physical Education. Fuller received the Channing Mann Physical Education Administrator of the Year Award from SHAPE America last year.
This is the fourth time in the past five years that an MPS teacher was named a PE teacher or Health teacher of the year. Past winners were:
2013 – Mike Beringer, Elementary PE Teacher of the Year
2014 – Gail Milbrath, Elementary PE Teacher of the Year and Midwest PE Teacher of the Year
2015 – Kathleen Dreyer, Health Teacher of the Year
2017 – Keith Barton, Middle School Teacher of the Year
In addition, Carrie Paterson was named Adapted PE Teacher of the year in 2009.
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