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Walnut’s Peterson named Health Education Teacher of the Year

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) of Nebraska has named Laurie Peterson of Walnut Middle School the 2018 Nebraska Health Education Teacher of the Year award.

Peterson received her award Nov. 5 during the annual SHAPE Nebraska Fall Conference in Lincoln.

Peterson, who is going on 11 years with Grand Island Public Schools, is a guiding force in health curriculum for both the school district and the state. She has successfully coordinated the three middle schools in her district to provide students with an equal and viable health curriculum. Peterson has a total of 25 years of FACS and Health education experience.

On receiving the honor, Peterson said she’s grateful to be surrounded by many deserving teachers at GIPS.

“It was an honor to receive the nomination for Health Educator of the Year,” Peterson said. “I am not the only teacher deserving of this award. The GIPS middle school FACS/Health teachers are an outstanding group of educators who are committed to the health and wellness of our students.”

Peterson said the nomination made her feel validated as a health educator.

“It allowed me to highlight what our curriculum provides for our learners,” Peterson said.

Peterson adapts her lessons for all students, whether this is tailoring the message of the lesson for varying populations or providing video lectures with a translator and closed captioning options. She emphasizes the importance of the overall well-being of her students through mindfulness practices, as well as a water station in her classroom to keep students hydrated.

Walnut Principal Rod Foley said Peterson is committed to developing healthly lifetime practices for students.

“Laurie is a pioneer in development of health and FACS standards and curriculum for the state of Nebraska. She is the full embodiment of this award, and we are so proud to have her on our staff,” Foley said.

Peterson will have the opportunity to represent Nebraska in the SHAPE America Central District Teacher of the Year award.

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