Wilmington’s Lulsdorf Nationally Honored As ‘Major Of The Year’ In Physical Education

RESTON, VA — SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) will honor Wilmington’s Katie Lulsdorf of Salem State University as a Major of the Year during the organization’s 132nd National Convention & Expo, March 14-18, in Boston, MA.

The award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the health, physical education, recreation and dance professions who are nominated by a faculty advisor or professor. Lulsdorf will be recognized on Thursday, March 16 during the Major of the Year Awards Ceremony.

“The outstanding achievements of future professionals like Katie is integral to the caliber of the individuals SHAPE America is looking for to teach standards-based health and physical education programs to our nation’s children,” says SHAPE America President Jackie Lund of Georgia State University.

Lulsdorf is the founder and current president of her university’s chapter of the Student Education Association of Massachusetts. Through her club, Katie was able to start a student council for elementary students at the Horace Mann Lab School in Salem, where she is completing her student teaching practicum this semester. Katie serves on the Council of Future Professionals for her state professional organization, Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD). In this role, she attends state-level executive board meetings, volunteers at annual conventions, and has presented on both Differentiating Education and Student Engagement with the other members of the Council.

Outside of her activities at Salem State, Katie coaches youth volleyball for the Recreation Department in her hometown of Wilmington, MA and spends her summers as a counselor at Summer’s Edge Day Camp. Katie also enjoys being a Youth Ministries Leader at the Church of the Open Bible in Burlington, MA. She loves to spend time with children of all ages, and has a strong passion for teaching and mentoring the children she works with.

Lulsdorf says, “Receiving this award from SHAPE America is an incredible honor. I’ve been fortunate to be able to attend so many SHAPE America Conventions at state, district, and now the national level. Every convention is full of amazing professionals who have so much great advice to share with future teachers. As I start to transition from college student to new teacher, I know that I have this amazing network of support from everyone involved in SHAPE America and MAHPERD. “

“Katie has completed a total of 143 credits in 4 years, maintaining a 3.895 GPA, while double majoring in Physical Education (PK-8) and Elementary Education. Her commitment to teaching and learning is extraordinary. In addition to achieving academic excellence, she makes time to give back by volunteering for various community service endeavors.” said Dr. Ann Marie Gallo, Physical Education Teacher Education Coordinator, Salem State University. In May of 2017, Lulsdorf will graduate with a B.S. in Sport Movement Science with a concentration in Physical Education and a second major in Elementary Education.

For more information about SHAPE America’s National Convention & Expo, visit the website athttp://www.shapeamerica.org/events/convention2017/convention2017.cfm 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 http://www.shapeamerica.org.

(NOTE: The above press release is from SHAPE America.)

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