Judy Conroy Earns Elmer B. Cottrell Award
Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009
Teacher from The Day School at The Children’s Institute Earns The Elmer B. Cottrell Award
Judy Conroy, senior adapted physical education teacher at The Day School at The Children’s Institute, received the Elmer B. Cottrell Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD) at their annual convention on November 22 at the Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh.
This award is the highest recognition given to a professional who promotes the mission and goals of the organization in relation to providing standards-based programming to students in the Commonwealth.
Judy is no stranger to accolades. In addition to this recent honor, Judy has received the Outstanding Professional in Physical Education Award (2007) from the Eastern District Association of The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
In 2004, she received the Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award from PSAHPERD, and in 2002, was honored with the Ethel Encke Service Award for service to the association. In 1996, Judy earned the Professional With Heart Award from The American Heart Association and PSAHPERD for her coordination of Hoops for Hearts events for the past 16 years at The Day School.
“Providing quality programming enhances our educational system and benefits our society as a whole. To be recognized with the Elmer B. Cottrell Award by the organization he founded and selected by my fellow professionals is quite an honor,” says Judy.
For 31 years, Judy Conroy has been a teacher for The Day School, an approved private school for children ages 2 to 21 with neurological impairments and with different levels of physical, cognitive and emotional abilities.
Named for one of the founders of PSAHPERD and a former Chief of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in the Depart of Education, The Elmer B. Cottrell Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of PSAHPERD recognizing exceptional service and leadership to this organization and to the profession. The first Cottrell Award was given in 1957.
Judy is a resident of Penn Hills where she lives with her husband, Tom and two sons Dan and Scott.