The 2018 recipient of the NYS AHPERD Western Zone Amazing Person Award is Andrea Norton.
Andrea received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Ithaca College, and a Master of Education from SUNY Buffalo. She has been teaching health education and physical education for 31 years, with 23 years in the Buffalo Public Schools. Currently, Andrea is the supervisor of physical education and health, serving in this position for almost eight years. She has single-handedly changed the culture of physical education and health education in the Buffalo Public Schools. Her advocacy efforts have been successful in adding additional physical education and health education teachers, and physical education time to improve student well-being. At the time of her appointment as supervisor, there were 109 physical education and health educators working for the district. There are now 160 teachers employed - a 47% increase in staff! Andrea assisted in creating a new District Wellness policy, which is seen as an exemplar by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is instrumental in partnerships and collaborations going above and beyond to serve the school and the community. Andrea is an active member of NYS AHPERD, the Western Zone and the Council of Administrators. President Garbarino, it is with great pleasure the Western Zone recognizes Andrea Norton as their 2018 Amazing Person.