Williams recognized as director of year

Sandy Williams, Rome school district director of instructional programs, has received a regional Director of the Year award from the state Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Among other local award winners for AHPERD’s 8-county Central North Zone were Hal Moore of the Camden school district as Elementary Phys Ed Teacher of the Year, and Mary Jo Donaldson of the Oneida school district as Health Teacher of the Year.

An APHERD announcement said Williams is "truly an unsung hero in our district" according to Melissa O’Rourke, a phys ed teacher at Rome Free Academy. The announcement said "with the numerous responsibilities Sandy manages, not only does she have time for Health and PE but she is advancing our disciplines within these difficult times."

Moore, a phys ed teacher and coach at Camden Elementary School, is "devoted to your job and caring for the future leaders of our world," AHPERD said. Donaldson, who teaches health at Otto Shortell Middle School in the Oneida district, offers lessons that go beyond the classroom, incorporating community service projects and instilling in students a desire to give back to the community, said AHPERD.

The association’s Central North Zone includes Oneida, Madison, Herkimer, Cayuga, Onondaga, Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties.