Manhattanville College School of Education Professor Wins SHAPE America's National Teacher of the Year 2019 Award


Manhattanville College School of Education Professor Wins SHAPE America's National Teacher of the Year 2019 Award

Donn Tobin, Physical Education Program Professor, Receives Highest Honor

April 29, 2019 • Communications

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(Purchase, N.Y.: April 29, 2019)  Manhattanville College School of Education is pleased to announce its Physical Education program adjunct professor, Donn Tobin, has won the 2019 SHAPE America’s National Teacher of the Year award. This prestigious award is the highest honor a physical education teacher can receive in the country. Mr. Tobin was also named the 2019 District Teacher of the Year in Elementary Physical Education in the Eastern District. 

SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators — named Mr. Tobin, also a Mahopac, New York Lakeview Elementary School physical education teacher, the Eastern District Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

The SHAPE America Teacher of the Year (TOY) program recognizes outstanding teachers in physical education fields at the elementary, middle and high school levels. To be eligible for the Eastern District Elementary School Teacher of the Year award, candidates must have received their state’s TOY award. The Eastern District geographically includes Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virgin Islands.

The mission of SHAPE America is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart programs.

Manhattanville College School of Education Professor Donn Tobin, SHAPE America's
National Teacher of the Year 2019 Award Recipient
(photo credit: Nancy Herrera, Manhattanville ‘19)

"Donn Tobin's award as SHAPE America's 2019 National Teacher of the Year speaks volumes about his commitment to the field of physical education," said Manhattanville School of Education Dean Shelley Wepner."

It also reflects his earnest desire to ensure that every Manhattanville student he teaches walks away with an understanding of how to best help PK-12 students be their physical best. This high honor for Tobin is also a high honor for Manhattanville's School of Education and its physical education program."

"As a teacher of 22 years, with 12 of them at Manhattanville's School of Education, I have been able to combine my love for children and athletics into a dynamic physical education program that brings together science, wellness, and fundamentals of child development," said Mr. Tobin, a Yorktown Heights, NY resident. "My goal is to inspire PE teachers and their students to live a life of healthy habits, maintain a commitment to exercise and a possess a can-do attitude that melds self-empowerment, appreciation for the human body and an understanding of the myriad benefits of an active lifestyle and athletic pursuits."

About Manhattanville College’s School of Education

Manhattanville’s School of Education, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, offers 23 undergraduate programs, 63 graduate programs, and 1 doctoral program in educational leadership with three track options for PreK-12 and higher education teachers and administrators. The School of Education offers dual degree programs for undergraduate students to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree program in education in 5½ years. A graduate accelerated program Jump Start prepares primarily career changers to teach in NYC. The Changing Suburbs Institute® (CSI) is the School of Education’s signature community outreach program that involves productive relationships with 14 professional development schools in 8 diverse local school districts. CSI has a significant Hispanic parent outreach program that has been recognized by the White House as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education. The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy established in 2014 trains teachers in NYC and Westchester to use a multisensory, phonics-based approach for K-2 literacy instruction.
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