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Hilgenbrinck Named Adapted Physical Educator of the Year
Reston, VA – Dr. Linda Hilgenbrinck has been named the National Adapted Physical Educator of the Year by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The award was recently announced at AAHPERD's national convention in Boston.
Hilgenbrinck has over 30 years of teaching experience. She currently teaches Adapted Physical Education (APE) at the Denton Independent School District in Denton, Texas. She coordinates the Denton APE internship training program, where she's helping to train the next generation of Adapted PE teachers. Hilgenbrinck has also been instrumental in helping her school district win three grants from the Denton Education Foundation. In addition, she has been an important contributor to an adapted archery program, two swimming programs for disabled students, and a social skills program for students with autism. She has also worked with deaf students and is proficient in sign language.
"I continuously watch for any unique equipment or strategies to use because I may tap into the smallest of successes that lay the foundation to create the greatest gains for my students," Hilgenbrinck says. "That's what I'm after – I am a life-long teacher and I love my students."
Hilgenbrinck holds a doctorate from the Texas Woman's University in Adapted Physical Education. She is a prolific writer and researcher. In fact, she has presented over 20 of her papers at conferences. Hilgenbrinck also promotes physical activity by example: she's an avid cyclist and kayaker.