The Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) recently named four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) physical education teachers as 2014 Simon McNeely Award recipients. They are Jillian Genua of J.P. Ryon Elementary School; Patrick Hoiler of Malcolm Elementary School; Pomie Radcliff of Mary H. Matula Elementary School; and Melissa Williams of Milton M. Somers Middle School.
The annual awards program recognizes teachers who demonstrate outstanding innovation in teaching physical education, along with active involvement in school and community affairs. The award is named for Simon McNeely, who was a special education teacher and longtime member of the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and the United States and International Olympic committees.
Genua began her teaching career with Charles County Public Schools in 2006 at John Hanson Middle School. She moved to Ryon the following school year and is in her ninth year of teaching physical education. She said she was honored to be nominated for an award that highlights goals for her students. “I teach physical education to give my students the movement foundation they need and the knowledge of the health benefits that come to those who participate in physical activity in hopes that they become lifelong participants of physical activity,” she said.
Hoiler is in his first year of teaching students at the elementary school level, and previously taught physical education at La Plata High School. He said his nomination for the McNeely award is a bonus for his career. “I truly enjoy getting up and coming to school each day and then to be nominated for something that you love doing anyway is an added bonus,” he said.
After graduating from Salisbury University with a degree in physical education, Radcliff started her career with CCPS at the elementary-school level in 1984. She first taught physical education at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School and joined the staff at Matula in 1992. Her career with the school system spans more than 30 years. Radcliff said she is honored to be chosen as an award recipient. “On behalf of all the wonderful students at Matula who make teaching such a joyous experience, it is my pleasure and privilege to accept this award,” Radcliff said.
Williams is in her first year of teaching at Somers and previously taught physical education for five years at Matthew Henson Middle School. She said her passion in the field of physical education is strongly supported by her peers, as well as system administrators. “I am very honored to be named an award recipient with three other colleagues. Ivy Hodges, CCPS content specialist for health and physical education, has set high standards for all of her teachers and we are all rising to the occasion. Her passion in the field drives us all to follow in her footsteps,” Williams said.
All award recipients will be honored at the annual MAHPERD convention Oct. 17. Hodges nominated the teachers for the recognition, and the last time a CCPS teacher received the McNeely award was in 2008.
MAHPERD promotes personal wellness and healthier lifestyles through educational and community programs, and supports the enhancements of health and wellness of Maryland residents. MAHPERD also provides advocacy and professional development opportunities designed to advance and unify the professions of health education, physical education, recreation and dance education. For more information, visit http://www.mahperd.org/AboutUs.aspx.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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