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Posted May 2, 2011

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APS Physical Education Teacher Receives Mabel Lee Award

Ann Paulls-Neal, left, is nationally recognized for her work as a PE teacher.

Ann Paulls-Neal, a physical education teacher at John Baker Elementary School, was awarded and nationally recognized for her professional service at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention in San Diego recently. The Mabel Lee Award provides the means through which the alliance recognizes its younger members who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and/or professional leadership.

Students, parents, and teachers respect Paulls-Neal as a teacher, coach and leader. She earned National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education in 2004. Other certifications include the American Master Teacher Program, and both the Physical Best Health and Fitness Specialist and Instructor. Her high expectations and devotion to her own professional growth has helped her be a leader in professional development for other teachers.

Paulls-Neal’s professional accomplishments are recognized at many levels. Awards from the New Mexico American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance include Teacher of the Year – Elementary Physical Education; Professional Achievement Award; and Outstanding Coordinator of the Year – Hoops for Heart. She was a co-writer and co-administrator of a Carol M. White PEP Grant for Albuquerque Public Schools.

Paulls-Neal is currently Southwest District President of the alliance. She served as the New Mexico president, vice president for division of girls and women in sport, elementary section chair, a state coordinator and convention manager for two state conventions.

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