The SHAPE Montana Awards recognize the outstanding individuals dedicated to students in our field. They serve as an inspiration for our members to continue in the pursuit of excellence as professionals in Health Enhancement, Physical Education, and its allied fields.
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There are twelve SHAPE Montana Awards. Please read the description of each award below, and then complete the nomination form via the online Google Form.
Wellness Award: This award recognizes individuals in our profession who have devoted themselves to modeling the values of Health and Physical Education by maintaining a high level of health and fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. The nominee should be or have been a member of our profession, continue to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle, and set an example to others.
Teacher of the Year (TOY) Award: SHAPE MT awards Teacher of the Year in six categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, K-12, Health and Rookie of the Year. The K-12 nominee must teach at least 2 of the 3 levels (elementary, middle, high). The Health nominee must teach at least fifty percent health classes. The Rookie of the Year is for teachers with 0 to 5 years teaching experience. Otherwise, all nominees must be a current teacher, have a minimum of five years teaching experience, and be a current member of SHAPE MT to be eligible for nomination.
Honorary Life Membership Award: This award recognizes deserving SHAPE MT members who have retired from an active role in the Health & Physical Education field and have changed to other fields or endeavors. The nominee should have been a member of SHAPE MT ten of the last fifteen years prior to retirement. The nominee should have served SHAPE MT in some direct capacity ( i.e. board member) during his/her career. The nominee should exhibit personal and professional qualities that serve as a credit to the field of Health & Physical Education in Montana.
Honor Award: This award is the highest award that SHAPE MT can bestow on its members in recognition of outstanding service, dedication and contributions to SHAPE MT and to the youth of Montana. This should include contributions in the form of service, research, teaching and/or administration. This nominee should be a person of good character with personal and professional values which model the goals of SHAPE MT and Health & Physical Education. This nominee is required to be a current member of SHAPE MT and have held membership for a minimum of five years.
Distinguished Service Award: This award recognizes and honors individuals or groups outside our profession for their contribution and service to schools and our profession (admin, coaches, counselors, health professionals, etc.). The recipient is outstanding in his/her field, has been of great service to our schools and our profession, and is a person of outstanding character with personal and professional values which model the goals of SHAPE MT and our profession. This person does not need to be a member of SHAPE Montana.
Dave Oberly Striving for Excellence Award: This award is given in honor of Dave Oberly, one of Montana's finest Physical Education Teachers. It recognizes members who, in their own way, stand out as a positive role model. Through their efforts they promote the values of Health & Physical Education, while striving for excellence at the grass roots level. This nominee must be a current member of SHAPE Montana.
Above and Beyond Award: This award recognizes members of our association who have, while serving the profession, demonstrated meritorious leadership in pursuit of excellence by setting professional horizons that rise “Above and Beyond” the expectations of professionals in our field. They have achieved levels in the profession that model excellence and serve as an example for others. Nominees must have served our profession at the State, District, and National Level. They must have been a professional member for ten or more years of SHAPE Montana.