HSHP Annual Awards 2014

HSHP Annual Awards 2014

The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance honored students for their outstanding academic and professional achievement this year during a ceremony and reception held May 14. To learn more about this year's award winners, click on their pictures below. 

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Amanda L. FaillaAmanda L. Failla
Professional Excellence Award - Teacher Education

For most of my life I have known I wanted to be a teacher. Growing up in Farmington, Connecticut, I had two physical education teachers that helped me become the person I am today. They have inspired me to follow in their footsteps and become a health and physical education teacher. Ithaca College was the perfect college for me. Not only does it have an excellent health and physical education program, but it also has a Women’s Varsity Golf Team. I have been on the Women’s Varsity Golf Team all four years at IC, which has been a positive experience I will never forget. 

In my last semester of college, I student taught health education to seventh graders and physical education at the elementary school level. This was one of the best experiences I had at Ithaca College. I not only grew as a teacher, but I learned a lot about myself. It is the best feeling to see your students improve and succeed after you have taught them something. I was only at my two placements for about seven weeks, but these students had a huge impact on me. It was difficult to say goodbye to them. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. 

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights 

  • Student teacher Health and Physical Education
  • Dean’s List
  • Vice President, Health Promotion and Physical Education majors club
  • Presenter at New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • All-American Scholar
  • Women’s Golf All-Conference
  • President’s List Women’s Golf
  • Empire 8 Women’s Golf Rookie of the Year
  • Assistant Coach Farmington High School Freshmen Basketball Team

The Professional Excellence Award is given to students who embody the long tradition of knowledge and achievement within the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education.

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