Congratulations to Driftwood Middle School Academy of Health and Wellness physical education teacher, Linda Gancitano for being named the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Florida Teacher of the Year.
The SHAPE Florida Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding teachers in physical education, school health education, dance education and adapted physical education, at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Gancitano will be honored October 16, 2015, at the 2015 SHAPE Florida Convention in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
I feel honored for being recognized as the SHAPE Florida Teacher of the Year,” said Gancitano. “I know in my heart that physical education and playing sports has helped so many students learn discipline, confidence, team work, leadership and perseverance. I’m grateful to be a part of that.”
Gancitano has been an educator for over 25 years and has received recognition as a Florida Green School Teacher of the Year, Driftwood Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Broward County Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Gancitano started the Driftwood Middle School Green Team in 2008 and subsequently, created a school-based challenge to reduced energy use called "How Low Can You Go?," which gets students engaged as energy auditors for classrooms. This program has been expanded through a partnership with the Miami Heat NBA team.
Prior to working as an educator, Gancitano was a collegiate soccer player at the University of Central Florida and a member of the first-ever U.S. women’s national soccer team. She was also the first girl to play on the high school boys’ soccer team at Coral Springs High School.
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