Lori Jerred

Longtime Vermillion Middle School teacher Lori Jerred will be honored next week as this year’s SHAPE SD Middle School PE Teacher of the Year. Jerred, who has taught Physical Education for 38 years, has been with the Vermillion School District for 35 years and has coached a variety of sports, including softball, volleyball, basketball, and track and field, during her career.

“Having Mrs. Jerred earn this award is a testament to her profession, her students and our school district,” said Vermillion School District Superintendent Damon Alvey. “We see her work with students each day and are proud of her accomplishments. It reinforces that we have high quality educators in our buildings and Lori exemplifies what a quality PE program should look like. We are happy she is being recognized!”

SHAPE SD, which stands for the Society of Health And Physical Educators of South Dakota, is an organization dedicated to fighting obesity and promoting physical education in South Dakota. Each year, the organization recognizes health and PE educators of excellence across South Dakota. Next week, during the group’s annual fall conference, Jerred will officially be awarded the title of SHAPE SD Middle School PE Teacher of the Year.

Jerred is very deserving of the honor, said Nikki Heinz, a SHAPE SD board member.

“Lori was selected because she continually searches for new and improved ways to teach her students,” said Heinz. “She attends the state SHAPE South Dakota conference every year and has presented and shared her knowledge at it. She reaches her students with lifetime sports, local and international games, and teaches them to be productive citizens. Lori makes sure her students have everything they need to succeed, many times purchasing shoes and clothing for her students herself. She has taught for 33 years yet brings youthful excitement to each class she teaches.”

Jerred is very honored and humbled to receive this award, she said.

“I hope I received this award because I am a very dedicated teacher with a great love for Physical Education,” said Jerred. “I try to stay up with ideas by going to the SD SHAPE convention every year. … I teach a variety of units in my PE classes. Outside, we play soccer, softball, tennis and frisbee golf. Inside, I teach volleyball, basketball, recreation, spike ball, eclipse ball, braun ball, mat ball, and archery.

“We also do a research paper on the Components of Physical Fitness and do the Fitness Gram Fitness Test,” she said. “Right now, we are in our archery unit, which might be a favorite of all my students.”

Adds Superintendent Alvey: “Lori plans and enacts detailed physical education plans according to standards. She has taught PE for a long time and she understands kids and their development and has them do activities that are appropriate to their development and makes PE classes interactive and fun,” Alvey said. “PE is often noted as one of students’ favorite classes and Mrs. Jerred does an outstanding job promoting physical wellness and lifelong activity.”

Physical Education is an important component of youth education, said Heinz.

“Physical Education is important for youth to instill the need for lifetime activity and to get students engaged,” said Heinz. “It is proven that physical activity improves brain activity and increases test scores. In physical education, we also include many social skills and social emotional skills along with teamwork and cooperation.”

“PE is a very valuable class for all students,” Jerred said. “The mind can learn better when the body is healthy. PE enhances a person’s ability to concentrate and is a great way to reduce stress.”

Jerred, who has been married for 36 years, has three grown children, including her daughter, Teramie Hill, who teaches English at Vermilion High School. Jerred’s favorite sports are softball, basketball and volleyball. Her hobbies include camping and watching NASCAR.

Congratulations, Lori!

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