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12/03/2018

Physical Education Teacher Program Named Best in the State

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 SCAHPERD noted that the program “has provided a consistent tradition in preparing physical education teachers” and “provided innumerable quality teachers” in the field.
 Two Winthrop alumni in the field were recognized with Teacher of the Year awards: Karen Roof ’87, 92 and Kim Perry ’97.

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ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – The South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD) has recognized Winthrop University’s physical education teacher program (PETE) as the best in the state.

SCAHPERD noted that the program “has provided a consistent tradition in preparing physical education teachers” and “provided innumerable quality teachers” in the field.

“Our program represents a rich history and tradition at Winthrop of preparing physical education teachers for 122 years now,” said Kathy Davis, associate professor of physical education.

SCAHPERD echoed the sentiment, noting Winthrop’s “constant tradition of preparing” teachers in the field. Also noted were:

*The program’s 100 percent pass rate for all of its graduates on the Praxis II Subject Area Exam;
*That 100 percent of Winthrop’s PETE graduates passed the edTPA assessment; and
*Two Winthrop alumni in the field were recognized with Teacher of the Year awards: Karen Roof ’87, 92 and Kim Perry ’97.

Indian Land High School Physical Education Teacher Jerry Honeycutt nominated Winthrop for the program.

“Winthrop is regarded by many of us around the state as the No. 1 university in producing physical educators,” he said. “Winthrop’s program is the reason why I have been named South Carolina Physical Education Teacher of the Year both at the secondary and middle levels.”

Honeycutt also thanked Davis for her work in helping him grow as a professional.

But Davis was quick to point to the program’s professors, mentor teachers and Department Chair Pamela Wash for their support.

For more information on the PETE program, visit the website or call 803/323-4693.

For more general information, contact Nicole Chisari, communications coordinator, at 803/323-2236 or chisarin@winthrop.edu.

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