Distinguished Athlos Educators 2016

Athlos Educators Exemplify Excellence

In June, three educators from Athlos schools throughout the United States were chosen as recipients of the Athlos Distinguished Educator Award. Each of the three were chosen based on their excellence in exemplifying one of the Athlos Pillars of Performance: Prepared Mind, Healthy Body, and Performance Character.

Prepared Mind

Ramona Endres, first grade educator and mathematics instructional coach at Athlos Leadership Academy in Brooklyn Park, MN, was the recipient of the Athlos Distinguished Educator Award for her excellence in exemplifying the Prepared Mind pillar of the Athlos model.

“Ramona is a wonderful role model for other teachers as she consistently engages her first grade students and provides a positive, trusting learning environment,” said Giselle Isbell, director of Prepared Mind.

Endres has gone above and beyond in her role as an educator this past year. During her first year as the math instructional guide, she has strived to serve as a liaison and leader for math professional development.

“As a strong collaborator with the leadership team, she is dedicated to supporting both students and teachers as they continue to learn and grow,” Isbell said.

Healthy Body

Jose Moreno, curriculum director, head flag football coach, and junior high boys’ basketball coach at Athlos Leadership Academy in Brownsville, TX, was the recipient of the Athlos Distinguished Educator award for his excellence in exemplifying the Healthy Body Pillar.

“Coach Jose Moreno was presented with an Athlos distinguished educator award because of his constant display of a growth mindset,” said Chandler Herdt, director of Healthy Body at Athlos Academies. “Jose continually looked for new ways to motivate his students in their development of athleticism and helped them establish a commitment to increased physical activity.”

Moreno graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville with a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance. He coached boys in the Brownsville Youth Football League for two years and currently coaches the Pony Baseball League for Wild Pitch.

“The time I spent coaching these young athletes empowered my desire to become a coach,” Moreno said.

Moreno is a husband and father of two children who supported him as he completed his first career year as a coach at Athlos Leadership Academy.

“Through hard work and the support from my peers and superiors, I have grown immensely as an educator,” Moreno said.

Performance Character

Coach Krista McCormick from Athlos International Leadership Texas Keller High School was awarded Distinguished Educator in Performance Character. McCormick is the character coach and athletic conditioning coach at Athlos, as well as a grade level administrator for the ninth grade and the head coach for volleyball and girls’ soccer.

“Krista McCormick demonstrated dedication to integrating the 12 Performance Character traits into every aspect of the school day at her school,” said Abby Fereday, programs analyst at Athlos Academies. “She was creative in the activities she created and was able to keep kids engaged and excited about their performance character growth.”

McCormick takes pride in having the autonomy to develop the school’s Performance Character pillar and tailor it to be meaningful and applicable to the students in her school.

“The character piece of the Athlos curriculum is paramount in the success of our students,” McCormick said.

Knowing she is making a difference in the lives of her students is what keeps McCormick looking forward to going to work each day.

“Athlos is synonymous with developing a well-rounded student with the healthy mind, body and character pillars, and I am proud to say that I have the opportunity to help develop two of the three pillars every day,” she said.

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