Madison HS teacher honored for work in health, physical education

Madison High School teacher Paula Ceaser has been awarded the 2020 K-12 Health Education Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD).

The award is in recognition of “excellence and leadership in the HPERD profession for demonstrating leadership, achieving excellence, and being an outstanding representative of the teaching profession.”

Ceaser has taught physical education at Madison for 12 years and serves as a department chair and a lead teacher for HISD, helping to shape curriculum for health and physical education across the district. Ceaser said her role has allowed her to bring new opportunities and ideas to her students, from archery and fishing to participation in a grant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote adolescent health initiatives.

“It’s been a great opportunity here at Madison to bring a lot of great ideas,” she said. “It’s rewarding when I see students making better decisions as far as eating healthy or deciding to exercise in the neighborhood – especially during this pandemic.”

Ceaser will be recognized at TAHPERD’s 97th Virtual Annual Convention. A virtual awards recognition program will be held on Dec. 4, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. to honor all award recipients.

TAHPERD acknowledges educators for their accomplishments and professionalism in the disciplines of health, physical education, recreation, and dance.