Angela Campbell 2021 Region 10 APE Teacher of the Year

Angela CampbellCISD educator Angela Campbell is the 2021 Region 10 Randy Foederer Whatateacher APE Teacher of the Year. This award honors an Adapted Physical Education (APE) professional who goes above and beyond in providing physical education classes and opportunities for athletics inclusion for students with special needs. 

“I am so humbled by this recognition,” Campbell said. “I am all about the learners who my team and I serve and work to ensure they have enriching physical education and sports experiences.” 

She added, “Having the opportunity to learn from Randy while working at Region 10 and now receiving the award named in his honor is definitely a highlight in my career. I learned so much from Randy, and I’m thankful I have had the opportunity to have an even greater impact on the learners I serve with the knowledge I gained. Also, I couldn’t be the APE teacher I am today without the support of and collaboration with all the special education teachers, PE teachers, paraprofessionals, and instructional and related service providers I have worked with throughout my career.” 

A veteran educator with 24 years of combined special education and APE experience, Campbell has served as an APE specialist for CISD for 12 years. Her knowledge in APE combined with her experience as a special education teacher gives her a unique view and perspective to serve her students. 

According to her nomination for this award, “Angela is an advocate for her students, she plans for lifetime engagement, she collaborates with others to provide the best and most effective service possible, and she gives extra to ensure her students have access to all the opportunities available. She serves her district, region and community selflessly while demonstrating what it means to truly advocate for those with disabilities.”

Campbell implements numerous programs throughout CISD, including the Motor Activities Training Program and the Partner Physical Education program. 

“Angela works daily to have an impact on her students and colleagues lives,” said CISD Director of Intervention Services Stephanie Flores. 

Outside of her district, Campbell has made many significant contributions to the APE field. She helped to organize and facilitate the North Texas Adapted Physical Education Conference held at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She has presented at the North Texas Adapted Physical Education Conference and its virtual Webinar series, the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Conference, the Region 10 Low Incidence Population Conference, the American Printing House Conference and the National Physical Therapy Conference. She has also developed and delivered professional development trainings for Adapted PE teachers across the region. Campbell is a member of many groups and committees that promote opportunities for students and teachers across the state, such as local and area-level Special Olympics, Kid-Netic Games for students with physical impairments and Sports Extravaganza for students with visual impairments. 

Campbell received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Commerce and her master’s degree in APE  from Texas Woman’s University. 

The Randy Foederer Whatateacher APE Teacher of the Year Award is given annually to a Region 10 APE professional who has served in the field for a minimum of five years, participates and promotes extracurricular programming related to lifetime recreation and leisure, has implemented innovative programs, has advanced the profession of APE and demonstrates overall exceptional competencies in the field. The award is named in honor of APE educator Randy Foederer, who in his more than 40 years of teaching, he has pioneered the way for APE educators as well as created events for students whom he felt there was not equal access to these opportunities, including enhanced Special Olympics and school-based programs.

The Region 10 Service Center covers more than 130 ISDs, charters and private schools across 10 north Texas counties, serving more than 880,000 students and 112,000 school staff, of which 58,000 are teachers.