College of Education and Professional Development professor nominated for Young Professional Award
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10
A professor from the College of Education and Professional Development was nominated for the West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Young Professional Award.
Camille Ramsay is an instructor of physical education and health at Marshall University. She began instructing at Marshall in August.
Ramsey began her education career in 2002 when she taught English in middle schools. She changed her focus in 2007 when she began teaching physical education. She has taught physical education and health in higher education since 2008.
She also served as the coordinator for the West Virginia Physical Activity Plan, based on the National Physical Activity Plan.
She received her master’s degree in physical education from West Virginia University in 2006. She is completing doctoral work in kinesiology at WVU.
Ramsey said being a teacher in physical education is important to her. It gives her a chance to show others how to be healthy.
“Being a teacher, it’s all about giving back and educating,” Ramsay said. “I am very interested in physical activity promotion, physical education and health education.”
The WVAHPERD is an organization that promotes the advancement of physical activity and physical education in West Virginia. The organization requests a yearly fee of $20 for membership or a lifetime fee of $150.
The WVAHPERD Young Professional Award requires a potential candidate to be in the education field for less than 15 years, the candidate must be a professional in the education field and the candidate must show evidence of scholarship in the field of health, physical education, recreation and dance.
Ramsey joined the WVAHPERD when she began her master’s program, she said. She also joined the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Ramsey confirmed she was the only instructor in COEPD nominated for the award. Nominations are anonymous, and Ramsey said she doesn’t know who nominated her.
“It’s a huge honor,” Ramsey said. “I was shocked, and I never expected to be nominated. I was very honored and humbled. I will continue to do anything I can to represent the profession.”
The award was given to Andrea Taliaferro from the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies at WVU College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, Ramsey said. Ramsey will continue to contribute to her profession.
“I am still very honored to have been a nominee for the award and will work tirelessly to further contribute to the profession of physical education, health education and physical activity promotion,” Ramsey said.
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