Instructor from Elizabeth Learning Center Honored with Physical Education Teacher of the Year


LOS ANGELES — Christine Berni-Ramos, a physical education teacher from Elizabeth Learning Center, in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), was recently honored with the 2014 Physical Educator Award by the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, for her outstanding contributions in high quality physical education programs, utilizing and planning innovating learning experiences for all her students, and serving as a positive role model to the needs of her students.

“I strive to model the ideals I teach, for example I enjoy dancing, and I participate with my students in the dance lesson I teach such as step aerobics, line dance, cardio kick boxing, and other rhythmic movement patterns,” shared Ramos. “It is important for me to try new methods of physically activity, to demonstrate to my students that it is good to have a variety of ways to stay fit.”

Ramos received her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Cal State University Long Beach, in 1991, her Teaching Credential in 1992, from Cal State Long Beach, and her Master of Arts in Educational Administration in 1999 from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. In 2004, she was awarded her National Board Teacher Certification in Physical Education.

“One of my goals as an accomplished teacher is to create an environment that maximizes student’s physical safety,’ said Ramos. “I realize it is necessary for me to model and promote behavior appropriate in a diverse society, by showing respect for other cultures, and valuing all members of the community.”

Her previous awards include 2007 California Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005-2006.

“Through my collaboration in a statewide and district-wide network of physical educators, and my passion for quality physical education, I have evolved in to a Life Long Learner and Leader” said Ramos. “I have worked to model what it means to be a physically educated teacher and always willing to try new things as a goal to increase student learning.”   

As the state winner, Ramos who belongs to the American Association of Health Physical Education Recreation (AAPERD) is eligible for Southwest District Teacher of the Year selection. Southwest District winners are eligible for National Teacher of the Year selection. The process culminates each year at the group’s national convention.

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