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Durant teacher to be honored at national convention
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Durant teacher to be honored at national convention

Plant City, FL -- Durant High School teacher Ulysses “Butch” Valdes III will be honored as the Southern District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) at its national convention in San Diego, California on March 29 – April 1.

The Southern District represents a 13-state area from Virginia to Texas.

The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the high school level and the ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity. 

Valdes, a physical education teacher and head varsity coach for three years at Durant High School, will vie with four other district winners for the National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award.

“It is crucial to use a wide spectrum of learning approaches such as reciprocal teaching, cooperative learning, peer tutoring, and interactive technology when teaching physical education,” Valdes said in a statement. “I remain in the forefront of providing innovative and engaging learning experiences to captivate my students’ desire to learn.”

Valdes, who requires his students to assess their own progression throughout the school year, helping them target areas they need to individually work on, believes his approach to physical education helps students understand physical fitness and health is a personal responsibility.

The National Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award recipients will be announced on Friday, April 1, at the NASPE Hall of Fame Banquet, sponsored by Playworld Systems, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground equipment and the creator of ENERGI Total Body Fitness System.

Golf great Annika Sörenstam will also be inducted that evening into the NASPE Hall of Fame.

“Butch is a true professional who is highly respected within the school district for his dedication to doing what is best for the student. He has high expectations for both students and himself. As supervisor for K-12 physical education and health in the county, I recognize Butch’s program to be innovative, developmentally appropriate, and aligned with both state and national standards for high school physical education,” Steve Vanoer, Supervisor for K-12 Physical Education and Health Education, School District of Hillsborough County said in a release.

Valdes’ other professional accolades include Florida High School Teacher of the Year, Hillsborough County High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and Turkey Creek Middle School’s establishment as a STARS school, NASPE’s national accreditation program for physical education programs.

Among his many professional affiliations are the National Association for Sport and Physical Education/American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NASPE/AAHPERD), the Florida Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (FAHPERD), and Florida Coaches Association. Valdes holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health K-12 from Saint Leo University.

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