OBHS Teacher Named ‘Amazing Person of the Year’ for Health Education
Oyster Bay High School health and physical education teacher Charles Rizzuto was named the 2017 “Amazing Person of the Year” for Health Education by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD). Mr. Rizzuto accepted the honor from Ms. Monica Wolfe, President of NYS AHPERD at the organization’s annual conference, Nov. 14-17 in Verona, New York.
“Honored” and “surprised” to receive this recognition,” Mr. Rizzuto said, “It’s nice to know that people appreciate what you do enough to recognize you, but the best part of the entire experience was the number of educators at the convention who struck up conversations with me simply because they recognized me from the award ceremony. Each one of those conversations made me a better teacher in some way,” he said.
Mr. Rizzuto is the creator, producer, contributor and host of the Health and Physical Education (HPE) Quick Tips Podcast where he shares tips for health and physical education teachers in every episode, according to a nomination letter for the award. He has his own teacher resource website RizzutoEducation.com, has been featured on the Physedagogy Podcast, and regularly shares ideas on Twitter, the letter said. He has written numerous articles for the Physical and Health Education America newsletter and has a chapter to his credit, “Lesson Planning for High School Physical Education” for Human Kinetics.
An educator at Oyster Bay High School for nine years, Mr. Rizzuto teaches physical education for grades 7-12, health education for grades 9-12 and exercise science for juniors and seniors.
“Mr. Rizzuto has made so many wonderful connections with students and the community in his young career,” said Kevin Trentowski, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health at Oyster Bay High School. “His belief in the importance of health education is evident on a daily basis the way he plans, reflects, and looks to improve on his work. What is also evident is that his students know how meaningful they are to him and how he is unafraid to show compassion, sensitivity, and genuine interest about them and their needs at this important time in their lives. The recognition as an “Amazing Person” was truly deserved.”
In addition to teaching at Oyster Bay High School, Mr. Rizzuto is an adjunct instructor at Adelphi University. He is also an active member of the NYS AHPERD Nassau Zone and currently serves as its president-elect, newsletter editor, Future Professionals representative and is part of the membership committee. At the state level, he is a member of the Middle & Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Awards Committee and has presented numerous times at conferences. Last year, he was the recipient of the Nassau Zone Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award.
“Teachers don’t teach for awards or moments of recognition,” Mr. Rizzuto said. “We teach for the kids, and this honor was directly responsible for improving my ability to teach by providing opportunities for meaningful dialogue with some other amazing educators. I’m so thankful for the support of the Oyster Bay Administration and Board of Education, and the educational conversations I’ve had with my fellow teachers, no matter what discipline they teach. But most of all I’m thankful for the students.”
Oyster Bay High School physical education teacher Charles Rizzuto accepts his award as “Amazing Person of the Year” from Ms. Monica Wolfe, President of NYS AHPERD.