Parkside Elementary teacher gets healthy dose of recognition

UPDATE: See additional information on Julie Chartier here.

Parkside Elementary teacher Armelia Ray Braddy was one of three Georgia physical-education teachers to be honored by HealthMPowers. Braddy received the first HealthMPowers Health Champion Award along with two other physical educators – Lisa Brown and Julie Chartier. HealthMPowers is a non-profit organization committed to promoting healthy behaviors and environments through the empowerment of students and their families, as well as education providers.

“Having served Georgia schools for nine years, HealthMPowers wanted to recognize those individuals who empower their schools to make health a priority,” said Christi Kay, executive director of HealthMPowers. Braddy started at Parkside Elementary in 2009 with nearly 20 years of experience as a physical-education instructor. Braddy’s inspiring commitment led her to participate in many health initiatives at Parkside. She supports the once-a-month Healthy Snack Café, volunteers with the Spring Wellness and Health Fair, and provides health content for a weekly newspaper and many other health-related activities.

“Mrs. Braddy is one of our greatest assets,” said Dr. Phillip Luck, principal at Parkside, “… her job sets the standard for others to follow.”

The HealthMPowers Champion Award was established in honor of E. Andrew Jackson and Mary Johnson, founders of the non-profit, to recognize those individuals who go far beyond implementing, supporting and enhancing health, nutrition and physical activity in schools. It is a great accomplishment that one of APS’ own won the award for her outstanding commit to health and education! Congratulation, Ms. Braddy!

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