The 2017 recipient of the NYS AHPERD Western Zone Amazing Person Award is Kelly Strong.
Kelly has been an elementary physical education teacher in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District for the past 17 years. With her passion for teaching about living a healthy lifestyle, Kelly helped create a Ken-Ton Elementary Nutrition and Wellness curriculum, is chairperson of the school's Wellness Committee, and has been the American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart coordinator for 17 years. Kelly revised the elementary physical education progress reports based on the Curriculum and assessment Guidance Document for physical education, she serves as a member on the Positive Behavior Intervention System Committee, and the Shared Decision-Making team. Kelly is chair of the School Spirit Committee, Field Day Committee, and head of the safety patrol. She also organized a Ken-Ton pedometer challenge, and PiYo and yoga classes to promote staff wellness. For the past seven years, she has been a volunteer volleyball coach for both the Cheeta and Niagara Frontier Volleyball Clubs. In 2005, Kelly was honored to be named Kenmore West Coach of the Year. It is with great pleasure that the Western Zone recognizes Kelly Strong as their 2017 Amazing Person.