Sanders is Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Teacher of the Year
Wilson Middle School physical education teacher Billy Sanders has been named the 2019-2020 Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) Teacher of the Year.
Sanders is one of three award recipients. Each award is given to a physical education teacher that works in an elementary, middle and high school.
“I have the opportunity to work with a wide range of students,” Sanders said. “From the athletes in the building, to students with challenging behaviors, to students with significant disabilities. This opportunity has pushed me to think outside the box. It has pushed me to look at the curriculum and truly understand what skill is being focused on and what that might look like for this wide variety of students.”
Teacher of the Year is awarded to teachers who conduct a comprehensive and diverse physical education (health or adapted) program, utilize various teaching methodologies and appropriate instructional practices, plan innovative and diverse experiences to meet the needs of all students, and advocates for the profession. The IAHPERD also acknowledges years of professional involvement, distinctive leadership and distinguished service.
“Billy makes sure his lessons are fun, engaging and able to be attempted by all students,” Michael Naughton, Principal of Wilson Middle School, said. “Through his engagement and constant movement students have developed their ability to exhibit responsible behaviors in his classes and show their creativity during units where they are able to design games and exercises.”
Sanders has worked for the Council Bluffs Community School District as a physical education teacher since 2014. He is also the head coach for football and assistant coach for basketball, and recently became the activities director at Wilson Middle School this year.
Sanders completed his bachelor’s degree in physical education and coaching with a minor in athletic training and bible in 2011 from York College, and a Master’s degree in Administration from Concordia University in 2014.