The rewards of a healthy lifestyle

Originally published Dec. 19, 2017 in the Wyoming Business Report.


Fourth-year teacher wins state honor for encouraging healthy habits

ROCK SPRINGS — Seeing students develop physical and emotional skills is important to Desert View Elementary School teacher Mathew Gardner.

The 30-year-old’s role in shaping students attitudes and improving their coordination played a key role in him taking home the Wyoming Association for Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Marburger Gates Award for young professionals in November.

“You want to try and be the best teacher you can be,” he said.

The award honors teachers under 36 years of age with less than 10 years experience who “have accomplished successes in that short time frame,” according to a congratulatory letter Gardner received from WAHPERD.

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