MNDAPE would like to recognize young professionals teaching Adapted Physical Education in the State of Minnesota annually at the Fall Conference.
If you know of a teacher that is deserving of this award please complete the nomination form below.
If you have any questions please contact:
Byron Public Schools
Nominations for this award is due June 15 of each year.
" My name is Taryn Adams and I was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota. I went to South Dakota State University for my freshman year of college, then transferred to Minnesota State University Mankato for the next 4 years. At MNSU, Sue Tarr has been an incredible mentor and friend throughout this process, and I owe so many thanks to her! I am in my 3rd year of teaching and my 2nd year of being a DAPE teacher in the Wayzata Public Schools. DAPE has been a passion of mine since High School. I was a teacher assistant for the DAPE teacher and I fell in love with the profession. Both of my parents are teachers so I guess you could say teaching is in my blood! My mission statement for the meaningful work that I do is to provide equitable and engaging opportunities for students with disabilities to improve their overall gross motor skills and social-emotional learning. My biggest accomplishment has been starting the Unified PE program in all 4 of my schools! Watching the students not only improve their gross motor skills, but their overall quality of life with the meaningful friendships that they have formed is so incredibly heart-warming. It makes all of the paperwork worthwhile! I am honored to receive this award and excited to see what the future holds for me within the DAPE community! "
2013 - Jennifer Heebink, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools
2015 - Megan McCollom - Robbinsdale Public Schools
2017 - Holly Feldman - Faribault High School
2020 - Kelsey Mosher
2021 - Liz Hill - Bloomington Public Schools
2023 - Taryn Adams - Wayzata Public Schools