Prima Teacher Physical Education Instructor Named National Dance Educator of the Year
Edman, Catherine, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Catherine Edman Daily Herald Staff Writer
Marcey Siegel was the girl in her neighborhood who always wanted to play school - with herself, of course, in the role of teacher.
There was just something about imparting knowledge that struck a chord in her.
And when she fell in love with dance, her two passions fell in step with each other.
The only thing more exciting than teaching children to dance, said the Manor Hill Elementary School physical education instructor, is spreading the wealth.
"It's part of my own personal mission to help other physical education teachers become more comfortable with dance and creative expression (through) dance," said Siegel, the National Dance Educator of the Year.
She danced her way through life, literally, getting college degrees in both dance and elementary education. But it wasn't until she started serving as a substitute teacher that she fell into physical education - and incorporating dance in that arena.
Memories of gym class dancing lessons tend to lean toward basic square dances and awkwardness among adolescents.
That is, she said, because teachers often don't really understand dance or how to increase students' artistic appreciation of it. …