Leigh Ann Burgess has been selected as the Bradley County Schools 2010 Healthy School Champion.
Burgess is a fifth-grade teacher at Charleston Elementary.
A Healthy School Champion is a school staff person recognized by their peers as someone who best emphasizes and exemplifies healthy lifestyle habits to students and coworkers.
According to Burgess, she recently participated in a national physical fitness test — the Presidential Fitness test — which included a mile-run, sit-ups, shuttle run, chin-hang and stretching activities. The physical fitness test is required of students, but not teachers.
“I just wanted to see if I could do it it. It was a personal challenge for me,” said Burgess.
Nominations were made by each school principal and their Healthy School Team. A selection committee determined the winner. The office of Bradley County Schools Coordinated School Health tabulated the results.
“I was very surprised and honored by the nomination and the award.
“When I was doing the test I thought it might encourage the kids, too, in thinking ‘I’m not going to let my teacher beat me,’” Burgess said with a laugh.
Burgess received donated prizes valued at more than $350.
Other nominations for the Healthy School Champion included Karen Slater, Walker Valley High School; Steve Logsdon, Bradley Central High School; Kristen Sermons, Lake Forest Middle School; Mary Crabtree, Michigan Avenue Elementary; Missy Chastain, Oak Grove Elementary; Eddie Frazier, Ocoee Middle School; Sheila Dunn, Valley View Elementary; and, Sherry Miller, Waterville Community Elementary.