Congratulations to Amy Prior on receiving Southern District K-12 Health Educator of the Year. Amy Prior teaches at Harding University High School in Charlotte, NC. Since her school district has not adopted a health textbook in over 15 years Ms. Prior develops her own lessons making sure they aligned with the district, state, and national standards. Recognizing the quality of her work the school district asked her to share her lessons with all teachers in the district. She facilitated Common Core professional development for her distinct developing performance tasks for standards W1 and W2. This past summer Ms. Prior partnered with the local Alcohol Beverage Control Board Law Enforcement Division to develop a classroom curriculum for Substance Training Awareness for Youth (STAY) program. The course focuses on teaching the dangers of drinking and driving and other drugs.
Ms. Prior has coordinated nutrition programs during a school health fair, set up a Milk Mustache campaign and Healthy Breakfast campaign, and coordinated a "swim-a-ton" for breast cancer and blood donation drives. She has presented on the national and sate levels on implementing the Common Core State Standards in Health Education and "Teaching Health in the Cloud" focusing on the use of various technology resources for the classroom.
Dr. Deb Kaclik, Director of Curriculum for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says "Her energy for creating a clear vision for health and physical education for CMS students and teachers is not only commendable but stellar."