Maine elementary physical education teacher recognized

Liz Giles-Brown, a physical education teacher at South Bristol Elementary School and Southport Central School, was honored during the Professional Excellence Awards Ceremony recently for her work with Jump Rope For Heart program (JRFH).

Spindrifters 2016 Liz Giles Brown leader
Liz Giles-Brown (back left) with her students- the Spindrifters

Giles-Brown has been teaching physical education since 1987 and has been coordinating JRFH events for the past 20 years. She has coached a traveling JRFH demonstration team in South Bristol since 1996 and has led an after-school, multi-generational circus arts program since 2006. In Southport, she combined JRFH and circus arts to run an after-school Jump & Juggle program for students in grades 3-6.

liz gile brown with SHAPE President Steve Jefferies
Liz Giles-Brown with SHAPE President Steve Jefferies

SHAPE America has partnered for more than 36 years with the American Heart Association, sponsoring Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) and Hoops for Heart (HFH). 

Each year SHAPE America recognizes up to two Jump Rope For Heart coordinators and one Hoops For Heart coordinator to receive the prestigious SHAPE America JRFH/HFH Recognition Award.

Click here for more information on these awards.

For more information about health education in schools, contact Health Education and Physical Education Consultant Jean Zimmerman at