The New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD) Central North Zone presented Oswego County BOCES (OCB) adaptive physical education teacher Kelly Schulz with the 2011 Aquatics Teacher of the Year Award.
The award-winning aquatics module of Schulz’s physical education program focuses on teaching students, kindergarten through age 21, personal safety techniques as well as essential fitness skills and takes place at the Granby Elementary School pool. Schulz follows the American Red Cross’ guidelines for water safety which encourages the use of a life jacket and also incorporates one safety skill development exercise during each class. For example during a recent class the students practiced the “floating man’s rescue” technique.
As for the fitness component of the program the students participate in water versions of musical games like the Chicken Dance and Cupid Shuffle as well as practice different swim strokes such as the front crawl, the backstroke and a modified version of the breast stroke. In addition, Schulz gives students an opportunity to experience a different aspect of water recreation by allowing them to take turns paddling around the pool in a canoe or kayak.
The Teacher of the Year Award was the third prestigious recognition bestowed upon Schulz by the NYSAHPERD. In 2009, Schulz was recognized for her outstanding contributions and commitment to professional excellence with the Amazing People Award and in 2007 she was selected as Teacher of the Year for the Central North Zone.
Schulz has been a teacher at OCB for the past 18 years.