Greetings from the Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance! As we transition into 2018 I look forward to the opportunity to lead this organization. TAHPERD is a strong organization which is led by a wonderful group of individuals who make up the leadership team. Without their efforts, many events, including the convention, would not be possible.

Our goal for 2018 is to ‘Get in the Game’! Did you know that approximately 22% of teachers in the state are current members of our organization? The map below provides a description of where our members are located.

Our organization has the potential to positively impact children on a daily basis! Together we can be difference makers for our profession, programs, and students! All it takes is for everyone to get in the game!

Another focus is to be more active across the state in offering workshops for professionals. In recent years, we have not done a good job of offering high quality professional development for TAHPERD members. The state of Tennessee has many colleges and universities with programs for our focus areas. A goal would be to offer 1 workshop per year in the West, Middle, and East Tennessee regions. This will take some time to develop, but it is an opportunity that needs to be provided!

Finally, if you know of an individual that should be recognized for their work and representation of our organization, please send me their name, school/organization, and email address []. Our goal is to highlight the excellent contributions made by so many in the state of Tennessee.

I’m excited to be your president and I look forward to what 2018 will offer. As you consider your professional goals for the coming year, I offer one question…are you ready to ‘Get in the Game’?!

Todd E. Layne
2018 TAHPERD President