ASU Faculty Member Named "Physical Educator of the Year" for State of Alabama!

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 ASU Instructor Connie Dacus has been named "Physical Educator of the Year" for Alabama's Colleges & Universities (photo attached below).

 

Alabama State University faculty member Connie Dacus received the college & university "Physical Educator of the Year Award" from the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD) for her lifetime of work as an acclaimed physical educator. As part of the award she will be presented with a State Board of Education resolution at their May 9, board meeting at 10 a.m. in the downtown Gordon Persons State Office Building auditorium.

Dacus, an instructor of Pedagogy in ASU's Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation, recently received the award during ASAHPERD’s conference in Hoover, Ala. ASAHPERD represents professionals who promote healthy lifestyles in Alabama through health, physical education, recreation, dance, sports programs and exercise science. It has more than 1,200 members across Alabama.

“To receive this award from an organization that I admire so much makes me totally happy and grateful,” Dacus said.

Dacus joined ASAHPERD in 1996.  She has won numerous awards and honors since being a member, including sitting on the State Department of Education Course of Study Committee, and receiving ASAHPERD’s Presidents  Award, Honor Award, and Pride Award. Her community commitments include working with the American Heart Association (Jump and Hoops for Heart), Southeastern Diabetes Association and the E.D. Nixon Foundation (Summer Olympics), just to name a few.  

She received both her Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and her Master of Education in Physical Education from ASU. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 2006, Dacus was a tenured physical education/health specialist with the Montgomery Public School (MPS) system.

“After working in the MPS system as a physical educator, I made my transition into higher education seeking renewal,” Dacus said.  “In August 2006, my life was changed as this mother of three became the mother of many at ASU, which I felt was my destiny.”

Dacus has devoted her entire career to tirelessly advocating for schools and universities to model and monitor the delivery of quality physical education instruction to every student.

“The most rewarding moments for me as an educator come from my students who have passed through my doors into the world of teaching and have chosen to be great,” Dacus said. “We have hit the ground running together and have not stopped as we prepared for a profession that is often challenging, but so worthwhile. My time in the public and private school systems gave me the insight to be a better teacher and learner on the collegiate level.”

Dacus said she also has worked with her students to become reflective practitioners and change-agents.

“We have worked together as a family to serve our community as we have connected to children and families, being of service in the time of need,” Dacus said.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104

 

- Written by Media Relations specialist Hazel Scott.