RED DEER- St. Francis of Assisi Middle School teacher Jonathan Mauro has received the Dr. Andy Anderson Young Professional Award for his devotion to health and mental wellness endeavours.
The award from Physical & Health Education (PHE) Canada recognizes work in the areas of physical and mental health education in schools.
Every year, PHE Canada nominates one member per province, based on their impact on local health initiatives and Mauro went above and beyond to fulfill his duties as a teacher this year.
That includes promoting new movement initiatives, and actively solving any potential gaps for schools, as well as overseeing workshops, and health agendas.
On his recent recognition, Mauro expressed sincere gratitude: "I am humbled and honoured to be mentioned in the same category of previous award winners and to be nominated by my peers."
“Jon has worked hard this year combining his own personal beliefs on health and wellness with the various professional development sessions he attends and the doctorate he is completing," says St. Francis of Assisi Middle School Principal Gary Gylander. "At the school, he has started shifting our Physical Education program to one that has in the past focused on athletics and sports to one that focuses life-long active living for our students. This is where his passion lies, not only providing the best athletic program for our students but also providing the skills that our students need to be healthy throughout their life."
(Gary McKinnon - Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools)
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