A Cherokee County School District educator has earned the statewide Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award.

E.T. Booth Middle School teacher Debbie Krug has won the top honor from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. One Georgia PE teacher from each level — elementary, middle and high — is recognized each year as the best at ensuring students receive a complete and diverse PE education, teaching with innovative and inclusive practices, and advocating for the importance of physical education in students’ lives.

In its awards announcement, the association applauded her service as an outstanding educator. The nomination letters submitted on her behalf “testify to her dedication to students, peers and athletes in the school district.”

Krug now advances to the regional level, and the winner there moves on to the national competition.

“We’re so proud of this award, as it celebrates educating the whole child and Coach Krug’s dedication to caring for each student,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said. “Congratulations and best wishes to her as she advances in this competition!”

A 16-year educator, Krug began her career in CCSD at Arnold Mill Elementary School as a PE class paraprofessional prior to joining Carmel Elementary School as a PE teacher. During her tenure at Carmel, she was named Teacher of the Year in 2009, and joined the E.T. Booth Middle staff in 2012. Krug has sponsored numerous school-based clubs and served as a swim coach for Etowah High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Clearwater Christian College.

She will receive the award at the 2019 GAHPERD Convention in Athens in October. Krug also will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and superintendent at the board’s Sept. 19 meeting.

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