Teacher re­ceives Ex­cel­lence Award

El­e­men­tary phys­i­cal education teacher rec­og­nized for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to pro­fes­sion, her stu­dents

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE -

The Boy­er­town Area School District is pleased to an­nounce that Mrs. Darla Lieb, el­e­men­tary phys­i­cal education teacher, has re­ceived the El­e­men­tary Phys­i­cal Education Teacher of the Year Award from the Lan­caster-Le­banon-Berks As­so­ci­a­tion of Health, Phys­i­cal Education, Re­cre­ation, and Dance.

The Lan­caster-Le­banon-Berks As­so­ci­a­tion is a pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tors and en­cour­age healthy life­styles for all in the re­gion.

The award is one of the high­est hon­ors given to phys­i­cal education teach­ers in the area, in recog­ni­tion of their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­fes­sion and their stu­dents.

Lieb has been a mem­ber of the Boy­er­town Area School District fac­ulty since 2010. She cur­rently teaches phys­i­cal education and sec­ond grade health at both Gil­bertsville and Cole­brook­dale El­e­men­tary Schools and serves as the lead teacher for the el­e­men­tary phys­i­cal education de­part­ment.

Lieb has worked to re­struc­ture the el­e­men­tary phys­i­cal education cur­ricu­lum to meet na­tional and state stan­dards. It in­tro­duces stu­dents to ac­tiv­i­ties that will pro­vide en­joy­ment, chal­lenges, and self-ex­pres­sion all their lives. The cur­ricu­lum’s grad­ing rubrics ad­dress per­sonal and so­cial be­hav­iors and em­pha­size self-con­fi­dence, good sports­man­ship, and re­spect for oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Lieb, the most re­ward­ing part of teach­ing is cre­at­ing fun new ex­pe­ri­ences for her stu­dents. She has de­vel­oped pro­grams like the Kan­ga­roo Club, a jump-rope chal­lenge that her first and sec­ond grade stu­dents look for­ward to each year. She was in­stru­men­tal in in­stalling a tra­verse climb­ing wall in the gym­na­sium and has been teach­ing stu­dents and fac­ulty the ba­sics of climb­ing. She also or­ga­nizes the an-

nual school-wide co­op­er­a­tive field day, where stu­dents from kinder­garten through sixth grade col­lab­o­rate in team-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and build new friend­ships.

Lieb will be hon­ored with her award on May 16, at Lan­caster-Le­banon-Berks As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual awards ban­quet in Lan­caster.

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Boyertown Area School Dis­trict ele­men­tary phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Darla Lieb has re­ceived the Ele­men­tary Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Teacher of the Year Award from the Lan­caster-Le­banon-Berks As­so­ci­a­tion of Health, Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, Re­cre­ation, and Dance.

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