Tahoma teacher Tracy Krause wins NFL PE Teacher of the Year Award | Breaking news

Tahoma PE teacher Tracy Krause, (center) holding his award next to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (right) and former coach and NFL Network commentator Steve Mariucci (left).  - Courtesy photo
Tahoma PE teacher Tracy Krause, (center) holding his award next to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (right) and former coach and NFL Network commentator Steve Mariucci (left).
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NFL Network’s Keep Gym in School campaign has named Tracy Krause the “NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year.”

Krause will receive a $10,000 award as well as a $10,000 grant for the PE program at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Wash.

Krause was chosen out of more than 2,000 entries and will be honored in a ceremony during the NFL Draft week in New York City as the second NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year to be chosen.

Mr. Krause epitomizes the dedicated teachers we want to recognize and applaud,” said Dena Kaplan, NFL Network’s senior vice president of marketing in a press release statement. “His hard work and commitment to educating children about health, physical fitness and how to be educated users of the outdoor resources around them helps stimulate a lifelong passion in them to be healthy and fit. His staff wellness program has changed the lives of countless district employees, from the kitchen staff to the administration, and setting a positive example for the students.”

Krause teaches Physical Education at Tahoma High School. A National Board Certified Teacher, he has served as co-chair of the National Board’s Physical Education Standards Committee and was invited by the NASPE, the National Association for Sports and Physical Education to serve on the PE 2020 Planning Committee.

He also currently serves on the Physical Education Steering Committee for NASPE and on the Board of the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (WAHPERD), and is a regular guest presenter at state, district, and national professional workshops and conferences.

My goal is for the young people in our community to leave our school system with the foundation, experience, and skills necessary to be effective movers for a lifetime,” said Krause. “If you want to change the graph for childhood obesity you have to get kids moving, you have to engage them in something that stimulates a lifelong passion. You have to get them to believe in themselves and crave movement. That is what I try very hard to do everyday when I get a chance to work with my kids. That is what drives my decisions.”

Tracy's teaching career has been exemplary not just because of the quality of his personal teaching skills, but especially for his commitment to innovative physical education curriculum thinking,” said Dr. Stephen C. Jefferies, NASPE Past-President, Dept. of Physical Education, School and Public Health, Central Washington University. “He worked on revising the high school physical education program to meet the present-day interests and needs of high school students and simultaneously structure it to motivate them to become more physically active and healthy outside of school. Tracy is an inspiration for physical education teachers nationwide.”

As part of the league’s NFL PLAY 60 youth health and fitness campaign, Keep Gym in School is NFL Network’s comprehensive national program to boost fitness and physical education in America’s middle schools. Through 2011, NFL Network has awarded nearly $625,000 in PE grants to 47 schools. KGIS has trained 7,500 students with NFL players in minicamps and has used PE to motivate and inspire fitness for 125,000 students at 212 schools across 13 school districts.

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