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2021 PE Norm Leafe Elementary Teacher of the Year

Jan 15, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021

Background: Being selected as an NC SHAPE Teacher of the Year is one highest honors within our profession. Upon winning State TOY honors, the Elementary PE TOY is eligible to compete for the SHAPE Southern District TOY and possible National TOY recognition.


  • Current member of NC SHAPE.
  • Currently teaching in North Carolina.
  • Teaching Elementary Physical Education at least 50% of the time when nominated and during the NC SHAPE State Convention.
  • Teaching at least 5 years in the field.
  • Demonstrates evidence of excellence in teaching and dedication to the mission and principles of the Physical Education field.

Other Requirements:

  1. Verify NC SHAPE Membership: Nominator should ask intended individual prior to nomination to ensure that he/she is NC SHAPE member when nominated and during the time when receiving this award at the Annual State Convention.
  2. Upload: Three Letters of Recommendation: One from a colleague, one from an administrator/supervisor and one from a current or former student.
  3. Upload: Cover Page
  4. Upload: Written Statement: The eventual winner of this award will be eligible to complete for District and possible National honors. In anticipation of this, we are asking all candidates to respond to the following five characteristics submitted as a single PDF. No more than five pages of text to address the following five characteristics:
  • #1: The NC SHAPE Elementary PE TOY should demonstrate a comprehensive and diverse program reflected in the Physical Education Standards and appropriate practices to support learning towards Physical Literacy. In your Written Statement, please address "How do you utilize/design your Physical Education curriculum for your students along with physical literacy?"
  • #2: The NC SHAPE Elementary PE TOY utilizes various teaching methodologies and appropriate instructional practices. In your Written Statement, please address "What instructional practices and various teaching methods are utilized while teaching?"
  • #3: The NC SHAPE Elementary PE TOY plans and implements innovative and diverse experiences to meet the needs of all students.  In your Written Statement, please address "How do you address the diverse needs of students to be inclusive?"
  • #4: The NC SHAPE Elementary PE TOY utilizes on-going student assessment as an essential component of his/her program. In your Written Statement, please address "How do you utilize a variety of student assessments in your teaching?"
  • #5: The NC SHAPE Elementary PE TOY advocates for the profession, participates in professional development, service through leadership, presentations and writings. In your Written Statement, please describe "How you advocate for the profession and participate in professional development opportunities such as service through leadership, presentations and/or writings."
Application Documents: Please download the Cover Page as seen below. This page is to be filled out and uploaded along with your Written Statement and three Letters of Recommendation as the last step in applying for this award. If you have any questions, please contact Artie Kamiya, Executive Director (919) 818-6486 or
(2) Written Statement
(3) Letters of Recommendation


When submitting award forms please upload:

  1. Cover Page
  2. Written Statement
  3. Letters of Recommendation

Members: Login to your account. Once you login on each of award page, click "New Submission."

Must be an NC SHAPE member at the time of the nomination.

Nomination Deadline: May 1st of each year.