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Tim Stedman won this year’s High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Christie Payne won the Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year award. - Original Credit:
Tim Stedman won this year’s High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Christie Payne won the Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year award. - Original Credit: (Naomi Harris / HANDOUT)

SHAPE Maryland awarded physical educators at Northeast High School and Crofton Middle School physical education Teacher of the Year awards for their grade levels.

Tim Stedman, at Northeast, won this year’s High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Christie Payne, at Crofton Middle, won the Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year award.

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Stedman, part of Anne Arundel public schools for 13 years, is the physical education department chair and assistant athletic director at Northeast. He has taught classes like Fitness for Life and Strength and Conditioning and Walking Wellness, according to a press release.

“I have always known what I wanted to do because of the teachers that I had, and I want to be that kind of influence for my students,” Stedman said in the release. “We, as teachers, have an incredible power to make a difference every day by building strong relationships leading to a deeper understanding of their needs, both individual and community, and demonstrating this support through specific actions.”

The principal of Northeast called Stedman one of the “best educators I have ever worked with," Jason Williams said in the release.

“He is a teacher leader, an innovator in instructional practice, and is truly dedicated to the students of Northeast High School. We are lucky to have him,” Williams said.

Payne was also named middle school teacher of the year for her work as an instructor.

She has taught in the county public school system for seven years and spent a majority of her time at Marley Middle School before moving to Crofton Middle this year. She has been known for fostering a type of educational environment so that her students can all learn, according to the press release.

Payne thanked the school system and her colleagues and said that “building relationships” with her students created a foundation for her teaching.

“That foundation creates a positive classroom environment so I can then promote healthy habits,” Payne said in the release. “Educating all my learners to grow physically, mentally and socially, and giving them tools for success so they can continue a healthy lifestyle is my priority.”

Principal Kimberly Winterbottom of Crofton Middle called Payne an “incredibly talented teacher."

“First and foremost, she has an unmatched positive, calm and encouraging demeanor that middle school students love,” Winterbottom said. “Next, she is always looking for ways to grow personally, she is always looking for ways to grow her department, herself and our school. Finally, her solution-oriented growth mindset that she displays day in and day out no matter the circumstance is evident at all times.”

SHAPE Maryland, the organization that honored the two county teachers, also provides resources and opportunities to enhance programs in health and physical education for students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.

In addition, the organization awarded Heather Arnold of Old Mill High and Jeff Postell of Brooklyn Park Middle with Simon McNeely awards.

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