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ADL’s Stebbins Named Physical Ed Teacher of the Year

November 7, 2019
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. - Albert D. Lawton's Ashley Stebbins has been named the Society of Health and Physical Educators of Vermont (SHAPE VT) Middle School Teacher of the Year. Stebbins was awarded the honor at the SHAPE VT awards ceremony on Friday, October 25 in Killington, Vt. 


SHAPE VT recognizes the best educators, laypersons, Rising Stars, and future professionals in the state. The award recognizes outstanding teaching in elementary, middle, or high school physical education. To be eligible, candidates should hold a current licensure endorsement in physical education, be a SHAPE VT member, have a minimum five years of teaching experience, and be full time teaching at submission and selection of nomination.


“I believe Ashley is an outstanding choice for this recognition for her commitment to advancing a love for lifelong learning in the area of physical activity as well as her focus on building a culture of respect and inclusivity across settings,” said ADL Principal Jen Wood. 


“Ashley is kind, caring, and respectful of the responsibility she has as a middle-level physical education teacher. Her efforts to create a respectful, safe, inclusive community at our school go far beyond the physical education classroom.”


As a physical education teacher for the past 13 years, Stebbins has worked to develop physically literate students in a variety of ways.  She is an effective communicator who clearly articulates the learning goals she has for her students and supports them in attaining the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities. 


Always attentive to the social-emotional development of her middle-level learners, Stebbins uses this knowledge to cultivate a safe classroom environment for students to demonstrate their competency. In addition to her focus on supporting students in their growth in meeting or exceeding physical education standards, she has also been an integral part of the ADL health education programming for the past few years.  


As the intramural athletic director at ADL, Stebbins oversees a number of popular programs including football, volleyball, and wiffleball. Student numbers for these programs keep rising as she nurtures a culture of inclusivity, fun, and positive risk-taking to learn a new sport or participate in a team activity.  


Beyond the classroom, Stebbins has coached middle school softball, soccer, and cross-country, as well as the Essex High School softball team, where she led the Hornets to two undefeated seasons and state championships.