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Donn Tobin Named Phys Ed Teacher of the Year

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Monica Wolfe, NYS AHPERD past president, with Donn Tobin, AHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Credits: Photo courtesy of NYS AHPERD
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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Lakeview Elementary School physical education teacher Donn Tobin has been named the 2017 recipient of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award.

Tobin has been a phys ed teacher at Lakeview for the past 20 years and is an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College.  

Tobin said he believes a quality physical education program must be aligned with both the state physical education learning standards as well as the SHAPE America National Standards. Tobin said fitness must be a fundamental part of the PE curriculum. He uses innovative teaching methods, including a “spiral-themed” curriculum, individual task choices in class and a behavior system that creates a positive environment of trust and cooperation in the classroom. 

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In service to NYS AHPERD, Tobin has been an active member of the Southeastern Zone currently serving as its president-elect. At the state level, he has served in numerous capacities including president of the Elementary/Middle School Physical Education Section, co-chair of the annual 5K Race, chairman of the new Podcast Committee, and he recently served as secretary of the Executive Council. 

He has been honored with the Elementary/Middle School Physical Education Section and the Southeastern Zone Amazing Person Awards.

“Donn is committed to his own growth as an educator, as exampled by his continued innovation in the classroom,” said Lakeview principal Jennifer Pontillo. “He remains committed to connecting physical education to all core content areas and has embraced the addition of technology into his program. Donn’s many contributions illustrate his passion for education.”  

AHPERD is a statewide organization whose membership consists of K-12 professionals and future professionals. Tobin, a resident of Yorktown Heights, received the award at the Jay B. Nash award dinner during the association’s 80th annual conference held at the Turning Stone Convention Center in Verona last month.

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