Dr. Cindy Allen receives Elmer B. Cottrell Award

LOCK HAVEN — The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD) has named Dr. Cindy Allen as the 2017 recipient of the Elmer B. Cottrell Award, which is PSAHPERD’s highest award.

Cindy is a graduate of Lock Haven University and obtained both her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and Ph.D in health education from Penn State University. Most recently she completed a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from California State University of PA.

Cindy began her teaching career at the high school level in Jersey Shore School District followed by teaching at the elementary level for 11 years as well as serving as curriculum director K-12 in Keystone Central School District. While at the elementary level, she was asked by the administration to teach human sexuality/family life to all 3, 4, 5 and 6th grade students, in all of the 12 elementary schools.

This past May, she retired from teaching at Lock Haven University where she had been teaching for more than 22 years. Her primary responsibility was in teaching undergraduate methodology courses to health and physical education majors as well as teaching graduate level courses in the master’s of teaching and learning and in the master’s in health science. She also served as LHU’s director of student teaching and supervised student teachers internationally in Australia and Ireland. She recently served the University as the Team Leader for the NCATE/CAEP unit (all teacher education programs).

Dr. Allen has authored numerous articles and has presented many professional development sessions nationally, regionally, state-wide and locally. She served as Pennsylvania’s Health Education Assessment Project coordinator for eight years and trained health educators in the assessment of their students. For several years, Cindy served as the lead instructor for Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Institute providing professional development opportunities for health educators across the state. Presently, Cindy is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create and revise the state-wide Health & Physical Education Academic Standards.

Dr. Allen’s service to PSAHPERD has been extensive. She served in several positions in the Association, some of which include: president, executive board and vice president (elect, president, past) for health three times, awards chair, nomination chair, grassroots committee, structure and function, and most recently as chair of the Executive Director Search Committee. She received a grant on behalf of PSAHPERD for the President’s Youth Fitness Program and through her leadership writing the grant, Pennsylvania was named the top state in the U.S. for the grant’s creativity and innovation in the way the grant was implemented. For the past three years, she has served on PSAHPERD’s Advocacy Steering Committee, has attended the Speak Out for Healthy Kids Day in Harrisburg, and served as the emcee for the press conferences. Cindy also has been an active member of our SHAPE America Eastern District where she has served Chair of the Nomination Committee and on the Council for Conventions.

Dr. Allen also is active in our national association, SHAPE America where she is presently on the Nominations Committee, serving as the Lead on the HEAP Task Force, and working with SHAPE America as they are working on a standardizing a national assessment for Health and Physical Education.

She was selected for the Education and Policy and Leadership Fellowship (EPLC) for the year 2015-16 and during the fellowship attended the War College in Carlisle and met with legislators in Washington D. C and Harrisburg. She also attended the EPLC and Pennsylvania School Board Association workshop for school board members.

For her commitment and dedication to PSAHPERD and to the profession, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards, honors, and recognitions, Eastern District Professional Honor Award, PSAHPERD Professional Honor Award, Lock Haven University Distinguished Educator Award, and as PSAHPERD’s Elementary Health and Physical Education Teacher of the Year and PSAHPERD’s University Health Teacher of the Year.