Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
Alyson Lamonte, a physical education teacher at the J.F. Kennedy School, will be the recipient of the Nassau Zone Amazing Person Award, to be presented at the annual New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD) Conference in November. The Nassau Zone is a local division of AHPRERD.
Lamonte is a worthy recipient of this award as reflected in several of her Nassau Zone accomplishments. She is an active board member of the Nassau Zone for over five years and was the program planner for the annual Physical Education and Health Conference. She was on the Get Moving New York Committee that encourages people to “get up and move” based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity. Lamonte recently chaired the Elementary and Middle School Awards Committee that recognizes one male and one female graduate from each school who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in physical education.
She was also the 2013 recipient of the Nassau Zone Service Award.
Lamonte implemented new physical education curriculum while a teacher in Pelham, NY, using grants from the Pelham Education Foundation. Here in Great Neck, she is a member of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP)
Grant Leadership Committee. This committee strives to align K–12 physical education curriculum in our district. (Great Neck was awarded the prestigious, three-year PEP Grant beginning in September 2012.)
Lamonte has been a presenter at several local and national conferences, and was an Adjunct Lecturer in the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department at Brooklyn College. She also coaches field hockey at North Middle and is an assistant varsity softball coach at Garden City High School.
Commenting on the Amazing Person Award, Lamonte said that she is “honored to be recognized as a NYS AHPERD award recipient and to be associated with so many other well-deserving honorees.” She said that she takes her profession seriously and loves working with children. She believes that she “can help my students understand why their health and fitness is so essential. Most importantly, I want my students and athletes to have fun while participating in physical activity.” On a more personal note, she added, “I am fortunate to have great role models in my life. My mother is a retired teacher and my father is a retired teacher and administrator, and I owe my work ethic and success to them.”