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PE Teacher Wins Teacher of the Year Award from First Tee Chapter

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PE Teacher Wins Teacher of the Year Award from First Tee Chapter

Feb 26, 2024
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Amanda Elementary Principal Beth Hendricks, with PE Teacher Brad Fletcher

Brad Fletcher, the Physical Education (PE) teacher at Amanda Elementary, was named the Teacher of the Year by First Tee Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky (GCNKY) Chapter.

Fletcher is the first person to receive the award from the GCNKY Chapter. Fletcher, who teaches the First Tee curriculum to students in both traditional and adaptive PE classes, has been a partner teacher with the organization since 2019.

“I’m so honored to be First Tee’s Teacher of the Year! As much as this award is mine, it never would have happened without our amazing students at Amanda, so I consider it their award as well," Fletcher said. "It’s a wonderful thing that people outside of Middletown are taking notice of all our hard work.”

In a statement, First Tee says it selected Fletcher for his enthusiasm over the past year for delivering the First Tee curriculum, while also meeting the needs of students facing a variety of physical and learning challenges across age groups.

Since 2004, First Tee has been integrating the First Tee School Program into PE classes across the country. Its curriculum is built around the game of golf, while positively impacting kids through both the game and its inherent ability to improve social-emotional learning (SEL) skills. The organization says its goal is to raise funds to eliminate financial barriers for any school in its area that wishes to participate.

According to First Tee, thanks to Fletcher, his ideas for adaptive classes have been shared with other First Tee school partners across the country in program-wide communications. Thanks to his influence, the GCNKY Chapter will now provide adaptive classes on green grass for the first time this year.

Fletcher was awarded at a ceremony on February 8 at Glenview Golf Course.

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