MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A Murfreesboro City Schools teacher has been recognized for her work with the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award, officials recently announced.
Northfield Elementary School teacher Lauren Beard, who has been with the school system since 2003, was honored with the award for her dedication to teaching children the value of healthy living.
In a December 2013 press release, Meri-Leigh Smith said Beard “is the model of an effective physical education teacher” and praised her commitment to students.
“Her enthusiasm toward physical education is contagious,” said Smith, the Murfreesboro City Schools supervisor of the Office of Coordinated School Health. “She embraces new strategies and is constantly striving to support comprehensive education, active lifestyles and wellness among her students.”
This award, presented by the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, recognizes one outstanding elementary physical education teacher in Tennessee each year.
Officials with the association said Beard was selected for the award based on her high standards of excellence in the classroom and in the expectations she has for her students. They also noted she consistently strives to remain current with the trends and pedagogy in the field of physical education.
National guardsmen leave for deployment
Nearly 100 members of the 269th Military Police Company departed Monday for a monthlong training session in Fort Bliss, Texas, to prepare for deployment to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The company, which is made up of several guardsmen who served a tour in Iraq in 2008, departed from the 1st Lt. William Eric Emmert National Guard Armory in Murfreesboro.
It was one of two local companies with the Tennessee Army National Guard that left for pre-deployment training earlier this week. That same morning, members of the 105th Personnel Company departed for Lakehurst, N.J., to prepare for their overseas mission as well.
According to officials with the National Guard, more than 28,000 Tennessee guardsmen have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001.