Heart association honors Portland phys ed teacher

Originally published Dec. 26, 2017 in The Forecaster.

By Kate Irish Collins The Forecaster

PORTLAND — Raising awareness around heart health and encouraging students to give back are important life lessons.

That’s why Denise Pressier, the physical education teacher at Lincoln Middle School, enrolls her students in the annual Hoops for Heart community service fundraiser. The Hoops for Heart event benefits the American Heart Association and this year Pressier was honored for her long-time commitment to the cause with the Hoops for Heart Coordinator of the Year award from the Maine chapter of the association.

The presentation took place at the annual conference of the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, at the Samoset Resort in Rockland. Pressier, who’s taught phys ed at Lincoln Middle for the past 15 years, said, “I was honored to win this award. I have supported this event for many years … (and it) was special to be honored by my peers.”

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