Kristen Frazer, a physical education teacher at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, was recently named the Florida Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators.
The Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding teachers in physical education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
“I am honored to receive the award,” Frazer said. “All teachers need to have a passion for their subject and the desire to help students learn skills they can use in their lives outside of school. For me, that passion has always been sports and fitness.”
Frazer has been with the School District since 2007, teaching physical education for the past seven years. While growing up, she played all kinds of sports, and in doing so, she learned about teamwork and respect for herself and others.
She developed confidence, learned to communicate with others, problem solve, and how to make healthy choices, all while having fun. Now as an educator, she wants to empower her students with those same skills so they can grow up to become healthy and active adults.
“The latest research shows that more than half of American adults are not active enough to achieve health benefits. I think that we can change this trend through providing students with a positive PE experience,” Frazer said. “Every child can find some activity they enjoy that will help them stay healthy and physically active for the rest of their lives.”
Frazer was formally recognized by the School Board in September. She will receive her award later this month at the SHAPE Florida Convention in Kissimmee.