Two MMSD staff members received awards from the Wisconsin Health & Physical Education (WHPE) Association. Ian Lacasse, health teacher and department chair at Madison West High School, was selected as the Wisconsin Health Teacher of the Year. Lacasse was selected for his demonstrated leadership and implementation of inclusive, skills-based health education curriculum at the high school level, and for using innovative ways to engage students in learning experiences.
“My main motivation to participate in this award was to be able to show the quality work our department has done over the last five years,” Lacasse said. “Our health team at West is amazing, and works hard every day to provide the best experience possible for our students.”
Ashley Riley, MMSD’s physical education, health, and wellness coordinator, was selected as the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education Coordinator of the Year. Riley demonstrated leadership and advocacy for high-quality, health and physical education programming, and for contributions around strengthening systems to support student and staff well-being in schools.
“Making sure all students have access to high-quality health and physical education instruction, and that students and staff experience healthy and just environments in our schools motivates me to keep pushing forward with this work,” Riley said. “Working with so many amazing professionals across MMSD and in the Madison area, their excitement, knowledge, experiences, and guidance continuously provides opportunities to learn and grow as a person.”
They will receive their awards at the WHPE State Convention on October 28.