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photo of Andrea SamskyAndrea Samsky is named the Virginia Health Educator of the Year

Andrea Samsky, a health and physical educator teacher at Armstrong School for the Arts, has been named the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance (VAHPERD) Health Educator of the Year for 2016.

Samsky has worked as an elementary physical education teacher for Hampton City Schools for 22 years.  She has spent all 22 years at Armstrong School for the Arts with seven of those years being split between Armstrong and Mallory Elementary School.

Samsky was nominated by Patricia Thompson, curriculum leader for health & wellness education in Hampton City Schools.

In her nomination letter, Thompson states, “Andrea has been a dedicated teacher who works hard for continuous improvement of the health and wellness education department.  She has demonstrated her dedication and passion for health education through her many activities in her school, for the division, for neighboring divisions, for VAHPERD and for the community.”

Samsky said she enjoys creating health labs and lessons that develop critical thinkers.  She said she writes lessons with the understanding that she must involve physical, cognitive, and affective domains. 

“It is rewarding when teachers tell me that my lessons really gave their teaching a new twist on subject matter they had a hard time conveying,” said Samsky. “I am honored to receive this award.  Much appreciation goes to my students for trusting me to provide health and physical education lessons that will hopefully become healthy living habits.”

*Update*
On Nov. 3, Samsky was notified that she was selected the Health Educator of the Year for SHAPE America Southern District.  This district serves members in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Caroline, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.  She is now eligible for national recognition.


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