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Megaera Regan Named Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Manorhaven Elementary School physical education teacher Megaera Regan who has been named the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Nassau Zone Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. This award is presented annually to one physical education teacher in Nassau County based on extraordinary contributions to students, school district and community.

Regan was honored during a special awards ceremony held at the Adelphi University Center for Recreation and Sports. She is being recognized for leading several school movement initiatives including the Mighty Milers Program, the Early Birds (a before-school activity program), classroom regular movement breaks for students and staff, and active options for indoor recess. This year the school adopted a new Action Based Learning™ initiative to implement cutting-edge lessons for cognitive development centered on movement and the use of kinesthetic learning through physical activity, for which Regan has also played an integral part.

“Ms. Regan is considered to be a ‘rock star’ to our children and an outstanding role model to everyone at our school,” said Manorhaven Principal Bonni Cohen. “In addition to the energy and leadership she brings every day, Ms. Regan writes numerous grants so that our kids can enjoy a variety of wellness and movement opportunities. Her commitment to creating an active, health-conscious environment has also inspired collaboration and cohesiveness throughout our building.”

Port Washington Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Stephanie Joannon was on hand at Adelphi with Cohen to honor Regan.

“We are so proud of Ms. Regan for being honored by her peers in the state this way.  We know her as an amazing, motivating and trendsetting teacher,” said Joannon.  “She is just awesome.  It is a privilege to have her teaching our children and an honor to know her.”

Additionally, for the second time in three years Manorhaven School has won the national Fit Active “Let’s Move” Award based on the school’s dedication to physical activity. Regan has also been personally recognized as the Nassau Zone winner of the Get Moving New York contest (also sponsored by the AHPERD) for her video submission of active learning at Manorhaven.

“Manorhaven and Ms. Regan continue to set the example of how to instill a healthy lifestyle, in and out of the classroom,” said Port Washington Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney. “On behalf of the Board for Education and administration, I congratulate and thank her for keeping our kids on the move.”


Dr. Mooney (right) and Cohen congratulate and present Regan with a certificate of recognition at the June Board of Education meeting. In the alternate photo, Regan is congratulated by Joannon, Cohen and Professional Awards Chairperson of the Nassau Zone AHPERD Jackie Beihoff and President of the Nassau Zone of AHPERD Tara Nelson.