Milne named National Health Education Teacher of the Year

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New Trier High School's Andrew Milne was named the National Health Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 132nd National Convention and Expo Friday, March 17, in Boston.

The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance in school health and the ability to motivate youth to make healthy choices for a lifetime.

"As a health teacher I model the behavior that I would like to see from my students, and I actively encourage students to live up to our school motto, which includes the lines 'commit hearts to compassion and lives to the service of humanity,'" Milne said. "I provide students the opportunity to think about their wellness as often as possible and help them understand that being healthy is a way of life."

Milne, of Tower Lakes, who was honored as the Midwest District Health Education Teacher of the Year, vied with four other district winners for the distinguished honor of National Health Education Teacher of the Year. At the convention, SHAPE America and Sportime celebrated the 28th anniversary of this Teacher of the Year awards collaboration.

The six national teachers of the year, who are among the elite of the adapted physical education, dance education, school health and physical education professions, were all announced on Friday, March 17, during SHAPE America's signature Hall of Fame Banquet. USA Today National Sports Columnist Christine Brennan was also inducted into the SHAPE America Hall of Fame that evening.

"Throughout the years, Andy Milne has continually grown as a teacher and leader in our department and school," said John Gilchrist, Kinetic Wellness Department Chair at New Trier. "Not only is Andy a master in communicating with his students, but he is an excellent resource for teachers looking for new ways to include technology in their teaching or to have an idea for a lesson. With his knowledge and experience teaching in different schools outside the United States, Andy has brought new activities and sports to our school."

Since joining the staff of New Trier, Milne has brought many new ideas to the curriculum, including creating a series of successful iBooks for Sophomore Health, innovative goal-setting and advocacy projects, and the introduction of technology from student-led podcasts to iMovies to the latest apps.

Milne received his bachelor's degree in sport and recreation from Staffordshire University and a master's degree in physical education and English from the University of Exeter. His professional affiliations include SHAPE America, the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the American School Health Association.