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NEWS RELEASES 2000-01 :: APRIL 23, 2001


Two North Carolina teachers and one student teacher from Appalachian State University recently received national recognition at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 27-31. In addition, a North Carolina educator was elected at the annual convention as President-elect of the National Dance Association.

AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Melanie Champion, a physical education teacher at South Brunswick Middle School, Brunswick County Schools, was named Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Contact information: South Brunswick Middle School, 910.845.2771, Dr. Richard Lawson, principal.

Noel Grady-Smith, a dance teacher at Mineral Springs Middle School, Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools, was named Dance Educator of the Year by the National Dance Association (NDA). Contact information: Mineral Springs Middle School, 336-661-4870, Constance Hash, principal.

Marty Mullis, a student at Appalachian State University, was named Student Major of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Dawn Clark, professor at East Carolina University, was named the President-elect for the National Dance Association.

"North Carolina has not had a national winner in these recognition categories for as long as we have kept records," according to Dr. Henry Johnson, associate superintendent for Instructional and Accountability Services. "We are extremely proud of all the North Carolina winners. North Carolina was well-represented and left its mark on the National AAHPERD Convention."

In addition to these honors, Kymm Ballard, Department of Public Instruction consultant for physical education and athletics K-12, was elected President-elect for the Society of State Directors for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. This is a group of state agency consultants who represent coordinated school health, physical education, recreation and health education throughout the United States. The last time North Carolina had someone elected to this office was 1942.

For more information, please contact Kymm Ballard, at 919.807.3858.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.