Windsor Hills Elementary PE Teacher Honored

09.18.2017 1:56 PM

Chris Ridgeway, a physical education teacher at Putnam City’s Windsor Hills Elementary School, has been named Oklahoma’s 2017-2018 Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Educator of the Year. He will be presented with a plaque by the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at the organization’s awards banquet on the evening of Oct. 16 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

The purpose of the award is to encourage and recognize outstanding teaching and professional involvement by educators in the area of physical education. Award winners are those who serve as positive role models epitomizing the values of personal health and fitness, the enjoyment of activity and sportsmanship. In addition, the award recognizes teachers who plan innovative learning based on needs of their students.

“I am both humbled and honored to be recognized as the State of Oklahoma Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. I am very appreciative of those that have recognized my work and dedication to the profession,” says Ridgeway.

Shbrone Brookings, principal at Windsor Hills, says Ridgeway’s impact on students is powerful.

“Chris Ridgeway is a tremendous asset to our school and community. He builds remarkable relationships with our students and staff. His optimism motivates everyone to want to participate and become highly active in physical education. He is a positive role model and serves as a paradigm for personal health and fitness,” Brookings says.

Ridgeway is now in his eighth year of teaching, the last seven of which have been as a physical education teacher at Windsor Hills. He was teacher of the year at Windsor Hills during the 2015-2016 school year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Oklahoma.