LPS P.E. teachers honored as best in Nebraska

Three physical education teachers from Lincoln Public Schools have been honored as the best in Nebraska.

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) of Nebraska announced the winners during its annual conference in November. They’re now scheduled to be recognized at the Feb. 25 Lincoln Board of Education meeting.

  • Amy Cariotto from Lincoln Southwest High School was named the 2019 Nebraska High  School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. SHAPE said Cariotto “takes physical education to the next level. One of her goals is to try to find as many opportunities that are new to the students as possible, so they can approach the activity with an open mind. One of the ways she does this is through partnerships within the community. Cariotto provides her students with multiple experiences outside of the school building to truly emphasize the connection of lifetime activities.”
  • Charlotte Ceballos from Lefler Middle School was named the 2019 Nebraska Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. “Ceballos is creative in finding ways to adapt lessons for students and continues to seek out new strategies to incorporate into her class,” SHAPE said when announcing the award. “Her passion as a teacher creates a high level of student energy, engagement, interest and pride. Ceballos places high importance on the social and emotional learning of her students, as well as skill development for lifelong physical activity. She not only teaches kindness and empathy, but also how to support and motivate each other.”
  • Cathy Mohlman from Irving Middle School was named the 2019 Nebraska Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. “Mohlman is a true advocate for students with special needs in the classroom, school and community,” SHAPE said. “She has taught in a variety of settings, from self-contained adapted physical education classes to an inclusive model through physical education classes with their peers. Molhman’s energy and enthusiasm for teaching is evident through her passion in the classroom. She teaches her students so much more than how to be active safely; she teaches them social and life skills.” 

Published: January 31, 2020, Updated: February 14, 2020

LPS teachers Amy Cariotto (far left), Charlotte Ceballos (second from left) and Cathy Mohlman (far right).