Two physical education teachers in the Grand Forks school system have been named Teacher of the Year by the North Dakota Society of Health and Physical Educators.
Beth Bjerke, at Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School at Grand Forks Air Force Base, has been named the society’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Randy Votava, at South Middle School, has been named the society’s Middle School Teacher of the Year.
The recognition honors individuals who have demonstrated continuous dedication to the advocacy and enhancement of student learning in physical education at the elementary and middle school levels.
The nominees, by their outstanding teacher performance and style, have personified the idea that the effort to enrich the goals and objectives of physical education is a labor of love, inspired by commitment and dedication, according to a news release from Grand Forks Public Schools.
Bjerke began teaching at Carl Ben Eielson Elementary and Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School at the base in 2008. She has served as a mentor teacher, volleyball and track coach and intramurals supervisor.
Votava, who began teaching in 1992, taught elementary physical education from 1992 until 2008, when he moved to the middle school level. He was named the North Dakota Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 2003. He served as curriculum coordinator in physical education for Grand Forks Public Schools from 2008 to 2011.
The North Dakota Society of Health and Physical Educators’ awards ceremony will be conducted during the organization’s virtual conference later this month.