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- Sandy Klarenbeek Recognized for Excellence in Health Education





Sandy Klarenbeek Recognized for Excellence in Health Education

Black Hills State University’s Sandy Klarenbeek was introduced as the 2012 Health Educator of the Year at the College/University Level during a special recognition banquet at the *SDAHPERD Conference in Spearfish, Nov. 8, 2012. The award is given in honor of her countless contributions to the improvement of the design and delivery of health education for all students and teachers across the state of South Dakota.

Sandy Klarenbeek has over 25 years of teaching experience both at the public school level and higher education level. She holds a M.S. degree from South Dakota State University, and is a nationally Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

In addition to the higher education duties, Sandy has worked as a health education consultant for Coordinated School Health in the South Dakota Department of Education for over 15 years. She is a lead trainer for the following professional development courses:
• Raising the Standards – A Skills-based Approach to Health Education
• Using Literature to Teach Health

Sandy was a member of the original writing team of the South Dakota Health Education Standards (1994) and subsequent Health Education Standards revision teams (2000 and 2010.) The standards are carefully designed to support schools, educators, families, and other stakeholders in helping students meet the primary goal of health education: for students to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.

Sandy has represented South Dakota’s Coordinated School Health program at the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS), Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) for over 10 years. The SCASS-HEAP is a consortium comprised of program specialists, educators, representatives from state departments of education, school districts and higher education whose mission is to improve students’ health literacy through improved health instruction.

Sandy’s publications include Using Literature to Teach Health: A Teacher’s Guide to a HEAP of Books. This teacher-friendly handbook offers a resource for classroom teachers by identifying specific books to use when planning, teaching, and discussing health content topics and health skills.

Coordinated School Health staff in the SD Department of Education, who nominated Sandy for the award, wrote that “Sandy understands the importance of health education for our students as demonstrated by her contribution of time, talent, skills and knowledge. She has kept South Dakota moving toward excellence in health education.”

*South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Dec. 2012
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