MILWAUKEE (November 22, 2013) Five Milwaukee Public Schools educators including Superintendent Gregory Thornton and an elementary physical
education teacher named Teacher of the Year have been honored for their commitment to PE by Wisconsin Health and Physical Education, a state
association. Physical education has been a critical part of MPS work to restore specialists to schools. Over the last two years, more than 90 art, music
and PE specialist positions have been added to MPS schools. Dr. Thornton and retired longtime MPS principal Dan Donder were given WHPE
Association Citation awards for their work to improve physical education programming.
Michael Beringer, a teacher at MPS Fairview School, was named elementary Teacher of the Year by WHPE for exciting and motivating
students and colleagues to Move to Learn. Gail Milbrath, PE teacher at MPS Greenfield Bilingual School, was presented with a Presidential Service Award and Alan Bud Damato was recognized with a retirement certificate for his long record of service to MPS and WHPE.
In addition, Brett Fuller, MPS Curriculum Specialist for Health,Education and Safe and Supportive Schools, was named WPHE president-elect
and will lead the organization as president beginning in Fall 2014. To have five of our staff recognized for achievement in supporting
students and physical education is fantastic, Fuller said. We do great work and people need to know about it.
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