Dr. Missy Parker receives the SHAPE National Teacher Education Award

RESTON, VA, March 24, 2017 – Dr. Melissa Parker, a lecturer at the University of Limerick
in Ireland, was recently honored with the Teacher Education Honor Award by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators. The award, which recognizes recipients for exemplary, innovative work that impacts teacher education, was presented at the Professional Excellence Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 16, during the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Boston.

As a member of the University of Limerick (UL) faculty, Parker is conducting research on teaching and teacher education in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department. Well-recognised in the profession, her work has helped shape teacher education, elementary physical education, and positive youth development in the United States and internationally.

“Melissa Parker is a dedicated educator with a true passion for teaching and learning,” says SHAPE America President Fran Cleland, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. “Through her work, she is guiding the next generation of health and physical education teachers.”

Prior to joining the UL faculty three years ago, Parker was a professor at the University of Northern  Colorado; prior to that she taught, supervised graduate students, and conducted research at University of North Dakota, and the University of South Carolina. She has also taught physical education at the K-8 level.

Active in local and national professional organizations, Missy has chaired and served on various committees in both Ireland and the United States. She currently sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education and Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy in addition to reviewing for a number of other journals.

For more information about the 2017 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, visit the website at shapeamerica.org/convention and follow #SHAPEBoston.


About SHAPE America

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. We provide programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs.

SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. “50 Million Strong by 2029” is our commitment to empower all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.

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