Phys Ed teacher given award

With only four years under her belt, Jessica Martin has already made a huge impact on the physical education program.

Martin has been a physical education teacher at Cedar Crest for three out of the four years of her teaching career.

This month, Martin was nominated and awarded the Young Professional Award by the Lancaster, Lebanon, and Berks Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

“I was really honored and kind of shocked,” said Martin. “For someone to think I’ve made an impact already is really cool.”

From a young age, Martin knew that she wanted to become a physical education teacher. Martin studied health and physical education at East Stroudsburg University, where she also was a member of the women’s basketball team.

“Growing up I always had really good physical education teachers,” said Martin. “They definitely influenced my decision to become a PE teacher.”

Along with inspiration from former teachers, Martin has also always had a passion to stay moving and healthy.

“I wanted to teach others to stay healthy and take care of their bodies,” said Martin. “You only get one body, so you got to take care of it.”

Martin teaches both middle school and high school PE classes. Her first year at the middle school, physical education teacher, Lynn Lechleitner was her mentor.

“She brings lots of new ideas and enthusiasm to our department,” said Lechleitner. “You can always rely on Miss Martin to greet you with a high five to start your day.”

Martin, along with five others physical education teachers from the Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks Counties, will be accepting her award May 16.

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