MONTREAL, JANUARY 11, 2011 – Nesbitt Elementary School’s Maxime Mallette and Royal Vale School’s Norman Katz were independently recognized recently when each teacher was presented with an award honouring their dedication to physical and health education.
Nominated by Principal Mary Theophilopoulos, Maxime Mallette was recently presented with the Dr. Andy Anderson Young Professional Award by Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada). The award is presented annually to one individual per province who best implements new and creative programs in a nurturing environment where all students develop the knowledge, skill, and attitudes that enhance an active and healthy lifestyle.
“PHE Canada is proud to be able recognize some of the finest physical education teachers in Canada,” says Louise Humbert, president of PHE Canada. “Maxime is a champion. He is developing the physical literacy skills in our children and youth so that they can enjoy physical activity and have an appreciation for the importance of leading a physically active life.”
Maxime has inspired activity in his students due to his many innovative and creative activities. Parents flock to Nesbitt for evening presentations in which students demonstrate their skipping, circus and athletic skills. Furthermore, he has organized winter carnivals, splash days, Olympic days, and many more activities emphasizing the importance of physical activity and creating positive school spirit. During lunch hour, Maxime organizes activities such as basketball, hockey, and flag football which often involves both students and their teachers
As a staple in the N.D.G. community, Norman Katz was nominated by his vice principal, Susie Douranos and subsequently received the Physical Education Teaching Excellence Award –an annual prize which recognizes physical educators that go above and beyond at the elementary, secondary, and CEGEP levels.
Throughout the school year, Norman works tirelessly in order to cultivate relationships with local community groups and organizations in order to provide exciting opportunities for his students, truly enriching their lives at Royal Vale. His passion encourages continuous parental involvement in events such as International Walk to School Day and the Jump Rope for Heart, enabling the entire Royal Vale community to join together in support of worthy causes and physical activity.
Outside of Royal Vale, Norman’s global view of physical education and health stretches from his gymnasium to the international level, making him very active in professional development activities provincially, nationally and in the United States.