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Two Washington State Physical Education Teachers Win National Awards

OLYMPIA — May 9, 2012 — Physical education teachers Tracy Krause, Tahoma High School (Tahoma School District) and P.J. Jarvis, Opportunity Elementary School (Central Valley), have both attracted national attention this spring.

Tracy Krause, a National Board Certified Teacher, recently won the National Football League’s “NFL Network P.E. Teacher of the Year,” as a part of their Keep Gym in School Campaign. He received a $10,000 award and a $10,000 grant for the PE program at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley. His goal is for his students to graduate from high school with the knowledge and habits they need for a lifetime of good health. He was honored in a ceremony in New York City during the NFL’s Draft Week, April 26‒28.

P.J. Jarvis was recently named “National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year” by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). For Jarvis, this award represents more than a title. She sees it as her opportunity to speak around the country about the importance of physical education. She was honored along with her middle and high school colleagues on March 16 in Boston.

“Physical education is a critical part of educating the whole child,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “To have two of our P.E. teachers recognized at the national level in the same year is evidence of the value we place on health and fitness here in Washington state.”

About Keep Gym in School
Keep Gym in School ( is dedicated to bringing genuine help to Physical Education programs by providing grants that help schools refurbish playing fields, gyms and fitness rooms and purchase desperately needed new equipment. They’re helping more kids get greater access to quality P.E. every week and fighting childhood obesity in schools every day. The P.E. Teacher of the Year award recognizes the role of educators in achieving that mission.

About National Association for Sport and Physical Education

The mission of National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) ( is to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice and increase support for high quality physical education, sport, and physical activity programs.


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
OSPI Communications Manager
(360) 725-6015

The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


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