WESTERN'S GRUBE NAMED UNIVERSITY
PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER OF YEAR
CULLOWHEE – Danny Grube, associate professor and director of the physical education program at Western Carolina University, has been named the University Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Physical Education Association and the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Grube earned his bachelor's degree at Lyndon State College, his master's degree at Troy State University, and his doctoral degree at Florida State University. He joined Western's faculty in 1999.
Through Grube's leadership, Western's physical education program has grown in size and quality, said David Claxton, head of the university's department of health and human performance.
Grube's research topics include teacher education pedagogy, sport education philosophy, outdoor education principles, and leaders' decision-making. He is the inaugural sponsor of the university's North Carolina Teacher Incentive Program, which provides in-state tuition for out-of-state students who agree to teach in North Carolina schools, and Grube consistently earns top teaching evaluations, said Ron Morrow, NCAAHPERD executive director.
Grube said he is honored to be recognized with the award.
“The real reward for me is to see my former students out in the public schools teaching children physical education, and teaching them well,” he said. “For me, that's what it's all about – helping to shape future teachers who truly care about the well-being of the children that they teach.”
The Physical Education Association is one of six associations that comprise NCAAHPERD.
For information about Western physical education program, call (828) 227-7332.