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CPS Teacher named as Central District Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2022

The Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators (MOSHAPE) recently announced Columbia Public Schools teacher, Ryan Armstrong, has been named as the nine-state Central District Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2022. 

Previously, Armstrong was selected as the 2021 Missouri High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Sponsored for many years by SHAPE America, the Teacher of the Year process is demanding and highly competitive. As the Central District Teacher of the Year, Armstrong is now one of five finalists for the National Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. The Central District is comprised of the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

This award process is based on a variety of criteria, including conducting a high-quality comprehensive and diverse program that reflects standards and best practices, utilizes teaching methodologies that meet professional standards, engages in culturally responsive instructional standards, utilizes high-quality assessment standards and advocates for and supports the profession.

Being recognized as a popular and inspiring teacher at Parkade Elementary School, Armstrong provides more than expected on all levels and is a treasured member of the faculty. According to Columbia Coordinator of Health and Physical Education, Dr. Kim Goforth, "Ryan holds a deep passion for our craft, and is constantly searching for the best practices to connect with our students and encourage their joy of health, wellness, and physical movement." Comments from his Principal, Ms. Amy Watkins, from parents and from students are overwhelmingly positive about the impact he has daily with all he interacts with. Additionally, he has contributed greatly to the practices of his 6,000+ Twitter followers.

The National Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year will be selected and recognized at the SHAPE American National Convention in April.