Mabel Lee Awards

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The Mabel Lee Awards recognize young members of the Alliance who has demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship and teaching, as well as professional leadership. The quality of performance evidenced by recipients indicates that they will develop into distinguished members of the profession.

Joan Brewer is the epitome of a young professional. She is the co-author of the "Physical Dimensions High School Curriculum," which is being used in high schools across the nation and has been recommended by the Kansas Department of Education as the curriculum to use in physical education.


Joan is a committed teacher with a passion for her profession. In addition to teaching middle/secondary methods classes and exercise physiology at Emporia State University, she teaches in the health promotion program and in the graduate program.

Joan was elected KAHPERD president at the age of 29, one of the youngest KAHPERD presidents ever, and has served on the KAHPERD Council, worked as a Physical Education for Progress (PEP) reviewer, and helped several school districts in Kansas to write PEP grants. Joan was selected as the KAHPERD Young Professional and the outstanding recent graduate of the Teachers College from Emporia State University. In addition, she received both the graduate and undergraduate outstanding student award.

Ingrid Johnson has made extraordinary contributions to her community, her profession, and her students. A public school physical education teacher at Rincon High School in Tucson, Arizona, Ingrid has had a myriad of national and international teaching experiences. These experiences provided a foundation for the formation of her values of inclusiveness, social justice, civility, and opportunity for all. …