AU professor among Teachers of the Year

Dr. Diana Jones high fives students during a Homeschool physical education class.

Dr. Diana Jones, professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Anderson University, was among the Indiana state educators named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Educators (AHPERD).

The Indiana AHPERD Teacher of the Year awards are given each year in recognition of outstanding teaching performance and the ability to motivate today’s youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Jones was recognized for her ability to teach dance. Within the teacher preparation courses, she endeavors to help future teachers understand what would be developmentally appropriate for the learners they will be teaching. She always make sure she includes the cultural significance of particular dances so students have a better appreciation of others and from where they might come. She also allows her students to design/choreograph dances to perform for their classmates.

"The 2017 Indiana Teachers of the Year are indeed a special class of educators. They inspire all teachers by sharing best practices at state and national conferences, becoming mentors for younger teachers, and sharing their enthusiasm for teaching with other educators," said Heidi Stan, Indiana AHPERD president.

The state award recipients — selected from among educators representing Indiana's schools — will be recognized on Nov. 1, 2017, during the organization’s Awards Banquet at the State Convention and Expo in Indianapolis. Indiana AHPERD Teachers of the Year now become candidates for the SHAPE America Midwest District Teacher of the Year to be announced in the fall.

Indiana AHPERD also recognized Dr. Becky Hull, professor emeritus of kinesiology at AU. She received the Diana Legacy Award, which honors an individual in the health, physical education, recreation, dance, sport, and/or allied professions who have given long and distinguished service. The award recognizes a person who has left a legacy, a benchmark, or a standard in professional service, scholarship, and leadership.

Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business and theology.

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