Peak named 'University Physical Educator of the Year'

Dr Kayla Peak

Tarleton State University

Friday, December 7, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Dr. Kayla Peak, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the kinesiology graduate program, has been named the 2012 University Physical Educator of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD), a state organization promoting excellence in teaching in those four areas.

Peak was one of 15 statewide recipients to receive an award during TAHPERD’s 89th annual state convention, held Nov. 30 in Galveston. The event attracted more than 2,500 members from the state of Texas.

“Dr. Peak is a worthy recipient of such a prestigious award. She continues to help our students address issues in teaching students who have challenges,” said Dr. Steve Crews, head of Tarleton’s Department of Kinesiology. “Dr. Peak has been instrumental in the growth of our graduate program to more than 60 students at the present time. We are lucky to have her in our department and at our university.”

Peak joined the Tarleton faculty in 2006 after serving as assistant athletic director and director of campus recreation at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from Tarleton and completed her doctoral degree in physical education and recreation at A&M-Commerce in 1995.

A faculty fellow in the Center for Instructional Innovation at Tarleton, Peak has redesigned her courses so that each has an applied learning component which challenges students to become active, engaged participants in their learning experience. Those experiences include Fantastic Field Day and Rock the Gym, events led by Peak and Tarleton students that are designed specifically for area public school students with physical and cognitive disabilities. According to Peak, her greatest professional passion is teaching.

Recognized by the Texas A&M University System, Peak was presented the Excellence in Teaching award in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She has also been awarded Tarleton’s Jack and Louise Arthur Award in 2011, which recognizes excellence in the classroom.

Peak joined TAHPERD as a student member and has maintained her membership for more than 20 years. She has served on numerous committees, and was elected to the post of vice president-general division from 2009-2011.

The Texas-based association, founded in 1923, is composed of over 4,500 professional and student members serving education from kindergarten through college.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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