School: Cecil Avenue Middle
District: Delano Union Elementary School District
County: Kern County
Region: Southern California
Grade: Elementary School, Middle School
Subject: Physical Education
Award Year: 2006
We all must advocate for comprehensive wellness programs for our children. Teachers, administrators, parents, cities, and health care providers must work together in order to meet the needs of the whole child. Former Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello said it best: “Health and education go hand in hand: one cannot exist without the other. To believe any differently is to hamper progress.
Just as our children have a right to receive the best education available, they have a right to be healthy. As parents, legislators, and educators, it is up to us to see that this becomes a reality.”
Professional Biography 20 years: Teacher — 3rd, 4th, 6th grades, 7th & 8th Physical Education (1st year @ Fresno Unified; 19 years w/ Delano Union School District) 9 years: Director, DUSD 2018-19: Vice President, Physical Education Division, California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (CAHPERD) Awards, Recognitions 2001, 2005, Cecil Avenue Middle School, Teacher of the Year 2001, 2002, Cecil Avenue Middle School, Most Motivating Teacher (award voted by students) 2002, Kern County CAHPERD, Physical Educator of the Year 2004, Bakersfield Californian, “People to Watch” 2005, Delano Union School District, Teacher of the Year 2005, Kern County Teacher of the Year 2006, California State Teacher of the Year, California Department of Education 2006, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Honored Alumni, College of Education & College of Science and Mathematics 2008, Middle School of the Year Spotlight Award Winner, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport 2009, District of the Year, Central Valley Spotlight Award Winner, Champion for Fitness, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport 2010, Elementary School of the Year Spotlight Award Winner, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport **Delano Union is the only district in CA with two grand prize award winning schools** 2010, Keynote Speaker, Governor’s Obesity Summit at the California Endowment in Los Angeles, hosted by Governor Schwarzenegger and President Bill Clinton Presentations/Workshops Since 2005, over 200 presentations, workshops, and professional development sessions given on Physical Education, Physical Activity, Wellness, and Obesity, in six different states.