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Ms. Andrea Burton is the new 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.

TAHPERD would like to thank all of our presenters, exhibitors, and members who helped make the 46th Annual Convention such a huge success.  Save the Date:  47th Annual Convention will be held November 6-8, 2016.  You will not want to miss it!


WNBA and Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings discussed the positive impact that quality physical education can have for children.  “Quality physical education builds healthier bodies and healthier minds,” said the three-time Olympic gold medalist.  “But, more than that, it teaches children to embrace physical activity at a young age and to remain active throughout their lives. These positive habits are crucial tools for fighting the inactivity epidemic that currently plagues our nation,” Catchings added.


Looking to address some of the problems caused by inactivity, University of Tennessee AD Emeritus and Champions for America’s Future member Joan Cronan pointed to the Tennessee bill named for her late husband.  The Tom Cronan Physical Education Act requires that every Tennessee elementary-school student will have at least two physical education classes per week in any week with two or more school days.  The law would also require that the classes be between 30 and 45 minutes and be taught by a licensed teacher with specific physical education credentials.

Latest News

 Interested in joining TAHPERD this year?  Mail-in  2015-2016 Membership Form now Available!

Please provide feedback of the new Tennessee Physical Education Standards Grades K-12

Shape America applauds passage of Every Student Succeeds Act

Complete this short 2015 Annual Convention Survey

TAHPERD Fall Newsletter 2015

TN First to the Top Teacher Evaluation Rubric

Shape America and the New 50 Million Strong Campaign

Make a Difference – Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart Info

Upcoming Events

 Join Dr. John Ratey at MTSU for the next “Distinguished Lecturer Series” February 8, 2016 at 6pm (free)

2016 Shape America Southern District Convention February 10-13, 2016

LDC/TAHPERD Spring Board Meeting February 26-27, 2016

2016 Shape America Convention April 5-9, 2016

TN Tech Summer Workshop Save the Date, June 16-17, 2016

TAHPERD Fall Board Meeting September 17, 2016

47th Annual TAHPERD Convention November 6-8, 2016

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