"When my students discuss fitness, they discuss mental, emotional, and social fitness, as well as physical fitness," says Kim Mason, the physical education teacher at Frank Tillery School in Rogers. Thanks to Miss Mason's efforts, Frank Tillery School boasts a variety of programs that promote an active and healthy lifestyle for students, families and staff. Programs include a weekly family fitness night and an employee wellness program. Miss Mason also advises and coordinates Tillery Kids on Track, a daily closed-circuit television show directed by and starring students. As the director of her district's physical education program, Miss Mason works on program and curriculum development, facilitates kindergarten-level motor development instruction and addresses adaptive issues that respond to student needs in the area of physical education. The "Buddy Program" that Miss Mason helped to develop some years ago has flourished into a successful statewide program. The program continues to challenge students by pairing together age-appropriate peers of varied physical ability.
1986 University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, M.S.