Cassie Brooks has been teaching middle school Health and Physical Education for 18 years in Brownsburg, Indiana, just west of Indianapolis. She is the Advocacy Committee Chair for Indiana SHAPE, and is involved in a variety of Central Indiana initiatives for youth wellness and addressing health disparities. She has served as HPE department head for several years, and has transformed her district’s middle school HPE curriculum and practices to focus on Health Literacy and Physical Literacy. She also coordinates several after-school clubs including a weekly walking group and Fuel Up to Play 60, and organizes a community fitness night each year.
Cassie’s school wellness efforts have earned over $25,000 in grants and awards. In 2015, she earned a Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition. In 2017 she was named Indiana Education Champion by School on Wheels and Indiana Health Teacher of the Year by INSHAPE. She went on to become the 2018 SHAPE America Midwest District Health Teacher of the Year. Her focus in Health Education has always been on preparing students for life success, and the recent emphasis on Skills-Based Health Education has allowed her to further refine her practice.