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Nomination forms for 2015 will be available in the summer.
AAHPERD voting members will elect the President-Elect and one Director to the Board in 2014. Professional and student members in good standing have the right to vote. Voting members are professional members (including retired, life, and emeritus members) and student members. Voting will be held prior to and during the annual business meeting at the national convention. The AAHPERD Nominations Committee presents the following nominees for office.
Stephen C. Jefferies
Dr. Steve Jefferies has taught in the Department of Physical Education, School, and Public Health at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA since 1986. In 1999, Jefferies was recognized as the university’s Distinguished Professor of Public Service. In addition to teaching, he created and for more than 20 years directed summer PE camps for children in grades K-8. Inspired by his 3rd grade son, he created a weekly community sports program where he taught children unicycling and juggling skills. He founded and for many years coordinated PEAK an annual statewide workshop for HPE teachers. Jefferies has been a PEP Grant consultant and was publicly elected to serve eight years as school board director. While school board chair, his district successfully funded and built a new high school (with a vertical rock wall and challenge course), and received a PEP grant. In 2000, Jefferies worked to create one of the nation’s first online master’s degree programs for public school physical and health education teachers. Concerned about the frequent turnover of school athletic directors, he recently led the creation of an online athletic administration degree.
Jefferies received his Physical Education Teaching Certificate from St. Luke’s College in Devon, England in 1973 and his B.Ed. the following year from the University of Exeter. He taught public school physical education before completing his MS and PhD degrees at the University of Oregon. Jefferies learned Russian then spent a year in the USSR examining the youth sports system. After graduation he helped to develop materials and presented for the American Coaching Effectiveness Program and edited books for Human Kinetics.
He has received numerous awards and appointments throughout his career. He twice served as Vice-President of PE for the Washington AHPERD. In 2007, he served as Chair of the Executive Committee for NASPE’s Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC) and in 2008 was elected the Washington AHPERD President. He received a NASPE Presidential Award in 2005, has served on the NASPE Evidence-Based PE Committee, AAHPERD’s Research Consortium Grant Committee, and was on both of the AAHPERD Vision Committees that recommended Alliance reforms. In 2008 he was elected NASPE President. In 2011 he received the AAHPERD Honor Award, and in 2013 NASPE recognized his contributions to physical education with its Joy of Effort Award.
Jefferies is probably best known as creator and publisher of www.pelinks4u.org, the monthly online magazine for physical education professionals, and PE News the monthly emailed newsletter he sends to more than 30,000 subscribers. He has written monthly online editorials for the past 14 years, edited several books, and published over 25 journal articles. He created PE Today and Tomorrow a 15-tape video series, Assessing Learning in Physical Education: Motor Skills (VHS) and The NEW Physical Education: Promoting Healthy & Active Lifestyles (DVD). He has made over 90 professional presentations in the US and abroad. NASPE’s PE 2020 initiative was inspired by Jefferies and through presentations and essays he continues to stimulate discussion about the future of physical education.
Dr. Marybell Avery is Curriculum Specialist for Health, Physical Education, and Character Education for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she has directed the curriculum, instruction, and professional development program for preK-12 health and physical education since 1994. She completed her B.A., M.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Sciences at Creighton University in Omaha. Avery has taught physical education at the preschool, elementary, high school, and university levels during her 38-year career.
Avery has been privileged to work with approximately 120 health and physical education teachers in Lincoln Public Schools during each of her 20 years as curriculum specialist. Among these teachers are numerous Nebraska physical education teachers of the year, two Central District elementary physical education teachers of the year, and the 2010 NASPE national elementary physical education teacher of the year. Two LPS physical education teachers served on national committees for NASPE and one elementary school earned the NASPE STARS designation for outstanding physical education programs. A growing district of approximately 37,000 students, LPS received Carol M. White PEP grants in 2002 and in 2009. In fall 2010 the LPS Board of Education approved the first increase in the physical education graduation requirement in 15 years.
Avery served on NASPE’s Assessment Task Force that developed PE Metrics, the national standards assessments. She was President of NASPE from 2000-2001 and NASPE Representative to the Alliance Board of Governors from 2003-2006. In 2007 she received the Margie R. Hanson Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions and leadership on behalf of quality physical education programs for children and was the recipient of the 2011 Channing Mann K-12 Physical Education Administrator of the Year Award from NASPE.
In recent years, Avery has focused her efforts on cultivating partnerships with the medical community to gain support for school health and physical education. She is working closely with the Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, a local non-profit supported by the Lancaster County Medical Society, to advocate for increased physical education in the schools. She is also promoting the analysis of student fitness data and its relationship to academic achievement.
A native of North Carolina, Avery lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband of 25 years, Stan Campbell, who serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director of Campus Recreation at the University of Nebraska. They have two sons, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson. Marybell and Stan are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church. They enjoy playing golf and following the Nebraska Huskers, Iowa Hawkeyes and North Carolina Tarheels.
Andrew H. Lewis
Dr. Andrew H. Lewis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lewis (both deceased) of Winter Haven, Florida. Andrew’s educational degrees include a Bachelor of Science from Albany State University, Albany, GA, a Master’s of Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Doctor of Philosophy from The Ohio State University, Columbus. Lewis has taught and coached at all levels; elementary, high school and college. For the past 30 years he has been a professor and administrator at the College of Charleston, serving as Chairman of the Department of Health and Human Performance (HEHP) for eleven years and Director of the Office of Professional Development in Education for ten years. He now holds the title of Associate Professor Emeritus and serves as Adjunct faculty in HEHP. Lewis is married to Josephine McCloud Lewis of Winter Haven, Florida and they have three children; Andrew Jr., Adrian and Alexis.
In the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (SCAHPERD), Lewis has served as President, Finance Committee Chair, Convention Manager, and on various other committees. He has served on several American Alliance HPERD committees, and In February 2002 he became the first African American to serve as President of the 13 state Southern District AAHPERD. Lewis viewed his presidency as challenging, rewarding and an opportunity to grow professionally. He has authored several articles and made professional presentations at the state, district, nation and international levels. While at the College of Charleston Andrew has served as Associate Dean for the School of Education, Health and Human Performance (EHHP) and Interim Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Studies; Directed the renovations ($3.3 million) efforts of the Silcox Physical Education Center; Chaired the College of Charleston’s Educational Issues subcommittee for Long Range Planning, and in August 2003 became the Director of the EHHP Office of Professional Development in Education.
Honors and Awards: AAHPERD Charles D. Henry Award 2010; AAHPERD Honor Award 2009; AAHPERD Presidential Citation 2003. Southern District AAHPERD Donna L. Dunaway Medal 2013; Southern District AAHPERD President's Honor Award 2000; South Carolina AHPERD College Teacher of the Year Award 1988; President's Honor Award 1995; and Thomas S. Martin Educator's Award 1995; Mississippi AHPERD Ikey Carr Award 2002; Service to Mankind Award from HI-GO Sertoma Club 1985.
American and SC Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Learning Forward (Formally known as National Staff Development Association) Special Olympics South Carolina, Past Board of Director, and SC Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.
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