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Magothy River Middle teacher a finalist for national award

Bryan Godfrey, a physical education and health teacher at Magothy River Middle School was recently named District Winner of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Teacher of the Year for Middle School Physical Education.

Godfrey was first named a winner in the state of Maryland this September. In November, he learned he was the winner of the Northeastern District which includes 11 states, the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands. There are five district winners in the middle school category, and one of them will be named as a National Teacher of the Year at the SHAPE convention in Tampa, Florida, in April 2019.

The award criteria includes the applicant’s standards of practice and teaching methodologies and innovative learning experiences that meet the needs of all students. Winners serve as a “positive role model epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, and sensitivity to the physical and emotional needs of all students.”

They participate in professional development opportunities and “providing service to the profession through advocacy, consultation, in-service training presentations and/or active membership in related professional organizations.”

Magothy River Principal Nuria Williams knows Godfrey is an asset to the school and community. She recently presented him with a “Rockstar” award, given to exemplary teachers at the school.

Godfrey is involved with the school, district, and community on many levels. He recently completed his Master’s degree in educational leadership and is in the current pool of potential administrators.

He has written county curriculum and delivered professional development on the county and state levels. He is the Physical Education Department Chair at MRMS, and has served as the Carson Scholar Committee Chairperson, as well as the PBIS Team Leader and is involved in the Polar Bear Plunge each year.

Godfrey is assistant boys soccer coach to Sean Tettemer and has been on Gail Davis’ girls basketball team staff at Broadneck High School for the past six years.

“He brings strong basketball knowledge coupled with enthusiasm for the game,” Davis said. “Bryan has been an invaluable part of our program at Broadneck.

“He is a natural leader.”

In addition to his other roles, he also conducts a tennis program in Crofton during the spring and summer months. All of this doesn’t leave him much personal time, but he enjoys participating in a kickball league for fun.

Godfrey graduated from South River High School and West Virginia University. He is engaged to Whitney Pearson, a nutritionist. They will marry next November.

He recently moved to the Broadneck Peninsula and enjoys being part of the community. He loves teaching at Magothy River Middle School where he is in his seventh year of teaching.

He “really likes” working with middle school students, as they are “the best of both worlds; the maturity of high school students and the enthusiasm of elementary.”

He considers teaching middle school the “best of both worlds, as long as you focus on the positives.”

Maureen Thomas can be reached at aroundbroadneck@gmail.com.

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