Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Simpsonville Elementary PE Teacher Christine Amond was recognized this morning in the “All Star Teacher” Showcase sponsored locally by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and nationally by Project Fit America. Representatives from Bon Secours St. Francis Health System presented the award to Mrs. Amond on the Project Fit America playground at Simpsonville Elementary.

Every year Project Fit America receives teacher evaluations and follows up with every school in the country. Through this process, they discover teachers that have gone far beyond the typical program implementation and have created new and outstanding ways to incorporate the PFA program and motivate students to be active. The All Star Teacher Showcase is a national spotlight on these teachers.

Mrs. Amond’s enthusiasm for health and fitness is clearly evident in everything she does.  “It is my desire to show what a healthy lifestyle looks like, and that motivates me. I have a job where I can share my enthusiasm for health and fitness with children so they understand that we get life by the way that we eat healthy and by the way we exercise and move,” she said.

Simpsonville Elementary Principal Jan James said, “Mrs. Amond has not only embraced the program with her knowledge, energy and enthusiasm, but she has wrapped her heart around it as well.”

Two years ago, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System partnered with Project Fit America to bring the program to Simpsonville Elementary. Grant money was used to purchase and build a state-of-the-art outdoor fitness station. The program also includes curriculum, teacher training and lesson plans.

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