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Cleveland PE Teacher Margaret Hornbeck Honored

She was named Southwest District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America.

Margaret Hornbeck of Cleveland Middle School will be honored as the Southwest District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 130th National Convention & Expo in Seattle, March 17-21.

The SHAPE America Southwest District represents five states from Utah to Hawaii. The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the middle school level and the ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Hornbeck will vie with five other district winners for the distinguished honor of National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. At the convention, SHAPE America and SPARK & Sportime – innovators of equipment and evidence-based programs for physical educators – will celebrate the 26th anniversary of this Teacher of the Year awards collaboration.

“I feel very honored to be with so many wonderful teachers," Hornbeck said. "There are so many great physical education teachers in this district and this state who work very hard to make sure that students are active.”

Among her strategies for keeping students at Cleveland active is to introduce them to non-traditional sports such as floor hockey, climbing (using a climbing wall) and Ultimate Frisbee.

During her Ultimate Frisbee unit, Hornbeck pairs students of varied skill levels to help each other with reading, completing the task sheet and providing one-on-one feedback. “They work together to help each other,” said Hornbeck.

Hornbeck has taught physical education in the Albuquerque Public Schools for 10 years, with three years at Pajarito Elementary School and seven years at Cleveland Middle School. In addition to challenging her students physically, she also creates opportunities for social, mental and emotional growth.

Committed to serving as a role model for her students, school and community, Hornbeck leads by example. She rides her bike to work as often as possible, runs with her students to help motivate them and talks to them about healthy activities and food choices. Outside of school, Hornbeck coaches soccer, plays on two soccer teams, does yoga, works out at the gym and runs triathlons, half-marathons and marathons. She frequently wears T-shirts from races she’s participated in so she can talk to students and staff about the event.

“Margaret Hornbeck is always seeking out innovative ways to get our students to become more active and make healthy lifestyle choices,” said Lori Arnold, assistant principal of Cleveland Middle School. “She organized a Let’s Move! Active Schools Community Night that encouraged families, students and staff members to come to school in the evening to enjoy a night of fun physical activities … she exemplifies what it means to be a collaborative member of a school community.”

Hornbeck is a member of SHAPE America and the New Mexico Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NMAHPERD), and is currently New Mexico’s Let’s Move! Active Schools coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from New Mexico State University.

 

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