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Girard native earns NC college PE teacher award

Western Carolina University assistant professor Amy Stringer, a Girard native, has been named North Carolina College / University Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

She was chosen for the award by NC SHAPE, the state’s professional organization for health and physical education educators.

“When I learned that I was receiving the award, I immediately thought of my wonderful students and the fine teachers in my life who have helped me become who I am today. I am grateful,” Stringer said.

“I am passionate about preparing outstanding health and physical education teachers that will make a difference in a world that needs healthy active lifestyles. To me, this award is an acknowledgement that I’m part of the dynamic community of educators having a positive influence on students and the profession. I am humbled by this honor.”

Stringer received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in exercise science and physical education. After teaching K-12 health and physical education in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for six years, Stringer completed her master’s degree in exercise and sport science at Michigan State University.

She then taught health and physical education at Macatawa Bay Middle School in Michigan before getting her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining WCU’s Health and Physical Education Program, Stringer taught at Elon University and Brevard College.

“The individuals selected for our state Teachers of the Year reflect the highest quality of health education teaching and dedicated achievement,” Deanna Morris, president of NC SHAPE, said.

Stringer is a past president of the North Carolina College Conference, a lifelong member of NC SHAPE and an active member of the North Carolina School Health Training Center.

“WCU has a proud history of award-winning faculty in the Health and Physical Education Program,” Stringer said. “I am proud to join the club.”

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