Dan Basler, P.E. “Teacher of the Year”
Posted on 02/15/2021
Dan Basler, P.E. “Teacher of the Year”

Dan Basler, a Physical Education teacher at Lookout Valley Middle High, was named the TAHPERD Secondary School Physical Education "Teacher of the Year." The announcement came in November, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, Basler was not awarded at an in-person convention but instead in the high school gym among colleagues. Robert Benge, Ph.D., the Awards Committee Chair, mentioned that "Currently, the plan is for the convention to be a virtual convention in the spring, where we will then play this presentation at some time as part of the virtual convention."

Dan Balser actively applies for grants at the school for equipment like mountain bikes to keep kids active. In times like today, Balser takes inspiration from many other Physical Education teachers across the nation, brainstorming new ways to get students excited about being active. "This award is a great honor. There's a lot of great Physical Education Teachers out there," Balser added.

The criteria to meet the standards of the TAHPERD Secondary School Physical Education "Teacher of the Year" Award:

  • Must be a member of TAHPERD. 
  • Must be a certified/licensed physical education teacher.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience in physical education
  • Have a full-time teaching contract.
  • Have a minimum of 60% teaching responsibility in a physical education class.


Great teachers and leaders are the focus of Action Area 3 in the five-year strategic plan for Hamilton County Schools known as Future Ready 2023. The plan elevates the importance of great teachers and leaders and the essential part these educators play in children's success in school and after graduation.

The TAHPERD Secondary School Physical Education "Teacher of the Year" award is given annually to a school leader for outstanding service in education and exceptional leadership that drives school improvement. The Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance mission is to promote healthy, physically-active lifestyles for all Tennesseans. The organization aims to do the following:

  • To provide for sound and adequate programs in health, physical education, recreation, dance, and related areas, based upon the individual's needs, interests, and inherent capacities for his/her optimum development.
  • To provide leadership essential to the continued growth of sound and adequate programs.
  • To promote sound community relationships leading to proper support of these programs.
  • To stimulate an intelligent and comprehensive interest in health, physical education, recreation, dance, and related areas.
  • To encourage research and experimentation and to disseminate accurate information.
  • To affiliate and to cooperate with other associations in improving the profession.
  • To raise professional standards.
  • To contribute to the individual's understanding of his/her role as a democratic citizen.