The mission of the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance web site is to provide our members and visitors with information about the association, its members and their contributions to improving the lives of all those they can reach.

Ms. Andrea Burton is the Executive Director of TAHPERD. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in dietetics, from Middle Tennessee State University in 2010.  In July of 2011, she became the Rutherford County Schools Coordinated School Health Assistant where she facilitates health screenings for the district. Andrea is very excited to serve as the new Executive Director for TAHPERD, she is here to listen, assist, and help you in any way possible.

The problem
We are concerned regarding the continued loss of PETE licensure programs in the USA. There is a clear market out there for PE teachers according to the US Department of Labor statistics.  Yet, PETE programs continue to be closed, most often due to admission numbers and fiscal viability. There are several pieces to the puzzle of as to why admissions are low in some programs including admission standards, perspectives of teaching as a stable career or as a profession with jobs, and others. We are proposing to bring this to the attention of the SHAPE America board. In addition, we will provide some statistics supporting the loss of programs in each state which we are gathering as well and statistics on the job growth in physical education.

The ask:
We are writing to for your support via a signature to the petition below and that you do this as soon as you are able, but not later than March 10, 2017.

Link to Petition: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bvB8NJOxHHnzB2Z

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Upcoming Events

SHAPE National Convention in Boston, March 14-18, 2017

American Heart Association Lobby Day, Nashville, March 22, 2017


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