About Us

Our Zone is made up of members living and/or working in Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Our meetings are held from September through May and our local Western Zone conference is held each Spring. We invite you to join us and become a part of a diverse and robust organization that continually works to enhance our members knowledge and skills, ensuring their students have the highest quality health and physical education programs possible.


If you have questions, we encourage you to review our webpage or reach out to Heather Ratka, Western Zone President.

Zone Leadership

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Heather Ratka


PE Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator

Ken-Ton UFSD


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Dr. Clancy Seymour

Past President

Canisius College



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Brianne Blaszak


K-12 Physical Education and Health Teacher

Global Concepts Charter School


2020-2021 Western Zone Board

Western Zone Conference

Western Zone holds an annual conference for members and non-members each spring.

Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Meetings and Minutes

Please join us for the Western Zone Meetings! 
Click here for meeting details.

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Conference and Webinars

Western Zone holds an annual conference for members and non-members each spring and offers professional development hours during many Zone meetings.
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Western Zone 2017 Award recipients 2


Western Zone recognizes excellence among our dedicated professionals with our Teacher of the Year and Amazing Person Award.
Click here to learn more.

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Mini Grants

Western Zone is excited to offer mini grants to our members. Funds are available for current Zone members for the purpose of purchasing a new teaching resource. Applicants may apply for up to $50. Details will be rolled out soon!


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Get Moving NY

NYS AHPERD Get Moving NY Presents: Spring to Health, the 2021 Get Moving NY event was held in April, and May 2021.

Congratulations to WesternZone's winners Brian Rosintoski from Buffalo Performing Arts #192 and Leanne Schmitz from Kenmore West High School.  Brian and Leanne won each a $250 Gopher gift card to use on items for their PE programs.

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