2018 MAHPERD Award Recipients

Below is the 2018 MAHPERD Award recients.

The 25th Annual MAHPERD Honors/Awards Banquet will be on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Milford, MA.

Advance Reservations only. The Awards Banquet will be at 10:00 a.m, brunch will be served.

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Joseph McKenney Award- Diana Demetrius

…Can navigate elementary P.E. curriculum in a single bound! Three parts passionate P.E. geek, two parts lifelong, intense student of curriculum, and two parts play-hard advocate. So many parts, so little time on planet Earth. Diana Demetrius began her teaching career 31 years ago at Mapleshade School in the East Longmeadow Public Schools. Six principals, five superintendents and only one school- she is a self-professed Mapleshader. That is, one who loves where she works and more importantly, loves what she does. Diana stepped into a program where boys could play floor hockey and girls could jump rope ‘as long as they didn’t get in the way of the boys’ playing.’ It’s no surprise that Diana’s first priority was curriculum overhaul and has spent a career positioning the Physical Education program on a stable developmentally and instructionally appropriate foundation. Over the first two-thirds of her career, she implemented programmatic changes after engaging in two separate research-based projects in an effort to provide students with curriculum grounded in best practice. She can often be heard saying, “I want to leave this program positioned for someone to step in where ALL students have had and will continue to experience quality standards-based physical education opportunities.”

Curricular intensity through Teaching Games for Understanding has her students engaged through the constructivist world of teaching. If one were to observe Diana on the floor with her students, she can be overheard getting excited about ‘seeing them think’ as problem solvers during game play as the centerpiece of student learning. She has leapt into the world of video instant replay with students, advocating student self and peer reflections. A single replay episode can generate more concise skill and tactical analysis and often expedite tactics and problem solving skills for students. With the evolution of think in her gymnasium and a passion for writing, she includes P.E. content specific writing activities within her units. Topics coincide with various curriculum aspects such as whether or not goalkeepers should be used during the Invasion unit. According to Diana, there is no better day than a Mapleshade day with P.E. She takes pride in ‘helping big’ from a small school. Her students and staff have been annual participants in the AHA Jump Rope for Heart over the last 15 years and is approaching the $100,000 mark! She has connected with colleagues in the presentation arena where she has generated over 100 sessions on topics in curriculum, assessment, and standards for local, state, district and national conventions. Diana readily gives credit to her district in their support of her endeavors over the years. Her underlying motto stems from her undergraduate alma mater, Bridgewater State University: ‘Not to minister unto. But to minister.’ Interpretation: Not to be helped, but to help. Whether it’s helping children become more skillful games tacticians, student teachers interpreting the craft of teaching P.E., or colleagues deciphering what a DDM might be, she is eager to both share and in return, learn more to be able to leave a stable foundation for the next generation. Her passion for teaching children and sharing with colleagues is contagious both on the floor and in conversations. “I’ve got the best job in the world – ensuring all children are given opportunities to learn on the move and then being able to share with professionals through the presentation avenue!”

Diana has served on every building-based committee known to exist. She has mentored countless student teachers and pre-practicum interns from UMASS Amherst, Springfield College, Bridgewater, and Westfield State Universities during her tenure. She has served on the MAHPERD board chairing Advocacy and By-Laws committees, VP of P.E., and President. She co-chaired the 1999 Local Arrangements Committee for the AAHPERD National Convention, and served on the committee for the 2012 and 2017 SHAPE National Conventions and Convention Manager for MAHPERD and EDA. She received the 1996 MAHPERD Elementary TOY, 1997 EDA Toy, 2000 Bridgewater State University Catherine Comeau Award, 2011 MAHPERD Honor Award, and the 2016 Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Award, to name a few. When asked how she has stayed the course in the profession, she attributes her longevity to “a balance between passion, grit, and sense of humor.”


Honor Award - Michelle Moosbrugger

Michelle Moosbrugger is a passionate advocate for physical education, health education, and physical activity across the lifespan. Her educational experiences align with these areas, as she has earned a B.S. in Movement and Sport Studies: Teacher Preparation at Springfield College, an M.S. in Sport Pedagogy at Ithaca College, and a Ph.D. in Physical Education: Sport Psychology at Springfield College. As an in-service professional, Michelle has been involved with the field in a variety of ways, including coaching youth and collegiate athletics, teaching physical education, and serving on the MAHPERD Executive Board as VP-Recreation and President. She is also invested in research, and has published and presented on topics pertinent to physical educators and coaches. Her current position involves teaching in the Physical Education and Health Education Department at Springfield College, where she also holds the role of Graduate Coordinator.


Honor Award - Mitch Finnegan

Mitch Finnegan has been the Director of Wellness Education for the Weston Public Schools for the past 14 years. During this tenure he has overseen the implementation of multiple evidence-based Health Education and Physical Education curricula, including early adoption of curriculum addressing adolescent suicide, dating abuse, teen depression & anxiety, adolescent substance abuse, and incorporation of fitness technology into Physical Education curriculum. He has also served on several community and school-based committees. The most important part of his job, though, has been continuing as a classroom teacher for approximately 200 students per year. In addition to over 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach and school administrator, Mitch has worked extensively in the substance abuse prevention field as both a community-wide coalition director and out-patient direct services provider. Mitch is also a trainer and consultant who has provided services for the US Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the US Department of Education, the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, and the Southern Athletic Conference of the NCAA among others. He has presented workshops and trainings at state, national and international conventions. He is a very proud member of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and has served MAHPERD in the past on the Executive Board and as a volunteer and workshop facilitator.

Mitch is a proud graduate of Springfield College, to which he continues to maintain close ties, having served previously as President of the SC Alumni Association and on the college’s Board of Trustees, as well as recruiting and recommending many future Health and Physical Educators to Springfield. Mitch was recognized by the college’s Alumni Association with the Tarbell Medallion, the highest honor for service to alma mater bestowed by Springfield. Mitch is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, and is from a teaching and coaching family. His mother Norma was a former elementary teacher and YMCA administrator, and his father Martin, an inductee in the Massachusetts State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, was a 41-year veteran physical education teacher and athletic director for the Quincy Public Schools, and one of the co-creators of the MIAA Chemical Health Education program in the 1980’s. Mitch has been a resident of Framingham MA for the past 14 years, where he lives with his partner of 32 years and their two sons.


Health Teacher of the Year - Danielle Petrucci

Danielle Petrucci is a passionate Educator who continuously strives to increase the quality of her practice. Danielle has taught in both urban and suburban settings over the last twelve years, reaching students with a multitude of disparities in both middle and high school. Danielle is a leader of her peers, spreading her passion and knowledge for Skills-Based Health Education as an Adjunct Professor for Cambridge College and Cairn Guidance, a Dove Self Esteem Partner. As Miles River Middle School Life Skills Teacher for seven years, Danielle has improved school culture through skill building, starting a peer mentoring program, creating school-wide advisory lessons, starting the school’s first Green Teem, and developing a vertical hydroponic grow wall providing fresh, local produce to the school cafeteria and local community. Danielle received her Master of Education in Health/Family & Consumer Sciences from Cambridge College in 2008 and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Endicott College and the MSSAA in 2011. Danielle continues to learn, take risks, and improve her teaching and learning to help make a difference in the lives of young people.


Elementary PE Teacher of the Year
Patricia Rollins

Patricia Rollins grew up in Wellsburg, West Virginia. She has always had a love for physical activity. Technology, learning, health, wellness and movement have always been connected in her life and in her teaching.

She graduated Cum Laude from Bethany College (WV) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education, with distinction on her comprehensive exams. She received many athletic and academic awards while at Bethany College. Rollins was a four-year member of the cross country and swimming teams. She was a two-time Academic All-American for Cross Country and earned All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honor on the Swimming team. She continued her education and earned her Master of Science Degree in Teaching and Administration from Springfield College. She was a graduate assistant for the women’s cross country team.

For three years, Rollins was an elementary physical education teacher in Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland. During that time, she served on the District Curriculum Writing Committee for Health and Physical Education. She was also a member of a Task Force that prepared for the implementation on Full Day Kindergarten.

Since 2005, she has been the Lincoln Street School elementary physical education teacher in Northborough, Massachusetts. She teaches grades Kindergarten to Grade 5. She has worked to create an inclusive learning environment for all students. She has presented at the local, state and national levels on technology in physical education. She also has presented on strategies for efficient organizational, grouping, and instant activity strategies for physical education. She has shared her expertise with classroom teachers and after-school program staff and helped them incorporate movement into their programs. Rollins further reinforces healthful habits in her students by partnering with families for at-home extension projects, and coordinates countless parent volunteer opportunities at school.

Currently, she lives with her husband and their two boys in Medway, Massachusetts. She loves the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She is known for always having a camera by her side to document the activities and for her love of new technologies. Rollins commitment to her students in and out of school has made a significant impact on the school community.


Outstanding Future Professionals


Victoria Camp

Victoria is a senior at Westfield State University majoring in Movement Science with a concentration in Physical Education. She has been chosen by her professors to serve on the MAHPERD Council of Future Professionals Board during both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years.

During the 2016 MAHPERD State Convention, Victoria presented on differentiated learning with her fellow council of future professional colleagues and also presented on the “Latest and Greatest, and the Best and Brightest” with her classmates from Westfield State University. During her academic career at Westfield State University, Victoria has been an active member of the Physical Education Club, as well as organized a plethora of fundraisers to benefit various nonprofit organizations. During her summer breaks, Victoria has been a Director of the Playground Program for the Parks and Recreations Department in Westfield, MA.

Victoria cannot wait to utilize all of the knowledge that has been instilled in her throughout her academic career at Westfield State University and positively influence the lifelong fitness of her future students.


Kathryn M. Goodwin

Kathryn “Katie” Goodwin completed her degree at Endicott College in December 2017, finishing her requirements a semester early. After completing her student teaching at Killam Elementary School in Reading. As a Physical Education major, Katie has a passion for working with children and sharing her passion for exercise, sports, and nutrition.

At Endicott College, Katie was awarded the John Cheffers Memorial Scholarship as an outstanding education student, as well as became a member of the Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Katie also spent time as a softball umpire for Lexington Youth Softball, and summers coaching Lexington Softball. She also worked with Manchester Essex Middle School track and cross country as a Middle School Coaches Aid, during fall and winter. Katie also volunteered with numerous organizations including Big Brothers/Sisters as an event coordinator and student leader, Habitat for Humanity, Spaulding Adaptive Programs including assisting at camps for disabled veterans, and weekly summer programs for disabled teens and adults. In the future, she most looks forward to sharing her passion through teaching.


Kierra McCarthy

Kierra is a junior at Westfield State University studying Physical Education, and her goal as a future teacher is to offer more than her knowledge of the benefits of physical activity and lifetime fitness by showing her creative, engaging, and amiable techniques that encourage students to be themselves. She wants to focus on creating a friendly, comfortable, and fun environment while providing students with an outlet to their personal lives and classroom stresses. Kierra is a member of the Women’s Basketball team at Westfield State University while also sharing her knowledge and love for the sport by volunteering as a coach for summer teams as well as local clinics. She is an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, the Council of Future Professionals, and the treasurer of the Movement Science Majors’ Club. She enjoys spending her summers working at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club where she has met lots of kids who remind her of why she looks forward to becoming a Physical Education teacher. Kierra also received the 2018 Eastern District Future Professional Award.


Christopher Moore

I have always been fascinated by how physical activity positively affects a person's overall well-being. I was primarily drawn to physical education because of the opportunity to positively impact future student’s lives. As a physical education teacher, I will have the unique opportunity to uplift, motivate, and positively influence each student that enters the gymnasium in which I work. I plan to do all that I can to promote the importance of physical activity in a safe, physically and mentally stimulating setting, where students can learn and experience success.

I hope to contribute to the field of physical education, by being a dedicated professional and staying well-informed and up to date with best practices. I am proud to represent Salem State University in the Council of Future Professionals and am an acting member of prestigious honor societies including, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Epsilon Kappa, and Alpha Lambda Delta. My goal is to continue to practice and promote the importance of our profession. Overall, I strive to be a physical educator that influences students to recognize the value of embracing an active lifestyle for years beyond my classroom.


Danielle Sweet

Danielle “Dani” Sweet is a senior at Springfield College from Charlton, Massachusetts. She is a student in the Bachelor of Science dual major program in Movement and Sports Studies: Physical and Health Education at Springfield College. While being in the program Dani has received a cumulative GPA of 3.7 and had been placed on the Dean’s List on multiple occasions. Dani is a member of the Springfield’s Physical Education and Health Education majors club. Also, she has taught physical education to homeschool students. Finally, worked as an employee at Springfield College’s Physical/Health Education office and the Outdoor Pursuits camp where she helped in supervising and teaching campers. Dani was a member of the Field Hockey team for 4 years, being selected by her teammates as a captain in her 2017 senior season. Also, a member of the Team Impact Leadership Team, she played an integral part of matching Team Impact teammate Abigail with the team. She helped organize team bonding events with Abigail and her family.

Dani was also selected as one of the Eastern District Outstanding Future Professional Award recipients in Massachusetts. She hopes one day to continue the impact she has made at Springfield College by teaching physical/health education at a school emphasizing to her students hard work and being the best form of yourself spiritually, mentally, and physically.


Alison Vautrin

Alison is a graduating senior studying Physical Education at Bridgewater State University. With a concentration in teaching PreK-8, Alison is passionate about mentoring young students about the world of movement and exercise. Alison was a three sport athlete in high school and was on the Women’s Tennis team at Bridgewater State. In addition to participating in a college sport, she has also been a part of the MAHPERD Council for Future Professionals for two years. Alison enjoys being a part of this group because she likes to share and listen to ideas about the future of physical education in schools.

In her last semester of college, Alison completed her student teaching at Mattapoisett Center School and Old Hammondtown School both located in Mattapoisett, MA. She is officially licensed as a physical educator to students in PreK-8 and aspires to continue schooling for her Master’s degree in the Fall.