Clare High School teacher Katie Liebelt was recently recognised with a statewide Excellence in Health and Physical Education award.
She was awarded The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation SA’s Howard Mutton Memorial Award which recognises teachers who model outstanding pedagogical practices, build the capacity of their colleagues as HPE professionals and develop healthy and physically active learners.
Mrs Liebelt picked up the award last Friday for her exemplary leadership of innovative, evidence informed Health and Physical Education programs at Clare High.
The win came as a shock to Mrs Liebelt but she said she was honoured to have received it.
“It is a very prestigious award and some really excellent educators have won it before me so I am very, very honoured,” she said.
“Health and PE is something I am very passionate about and I love being able to share that passion with educators in my school and also in the wider zone.
“It is just the job you do, you do not expect the accolades but it is just lifting the quality of education for students in our Mid North region.”
Mrs Liebelt said that the win reinforced the “fantastic work” that the PE department were doing at Clare High.
No stranger to picking up awards, with an illustrious netball career in the North Eastern Netball Association, Mrs Liebelt said this one ranked highly.
“I think professionally having gone to university and chosen this pathway, this award ranks extremely highly,” she said.
“I feel as though I am extremely fortunate to have a job where I am able to assist teenagers in becoming passionate about their own health and physical activity for life long learning.”
ACHPER SA executive director Matt Schmidt praised Mrs Liebelt for her contributions to Clare High and the wider community.
“Katie is well regarded across SA for her dedication, enthusiasm and passion and is an outstanding advocate for active and healthy living,” he said.
“This award recognises her quality health and physical education programs that encompass a variety of physical activity initiatives to enhance the well being of the local community.
“Katie is an exemplary educator and a deserved winner.”
Mrs Liebelt was also given a $500 prize voucher.
The award was presented to Mrs Liebelt at ACHPER’s gala dinner at the Adelaide Pavilion which coincided with the launch of Physical Education Week, which ends on Friday
PE Week highlights the importance of health and physical education in the school curriculum, and for physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being.
The week will be celebrated across 150 schools around SA.