Biography – Irene Cucina

Irene Cucina is a Professor in the Health and Human Performance Department where she works with undergraduate as well as graduate students. Irene’s expertise is in measurement and assessment, accreditation, and health and wellness for school aged children.  In addition to her teaching, she serves as the program coordinator for the health and physical education teacher certification programs as well as for the graduate health promotion and athletic administration programs.

emphasis of Irene’s work over the past five years has been in the field of school based health education.  She was the chair of the SHAPE America Health Council for 4 years, was a contributor to the Appropriate Practices in School Based Health Education document, was a member of the HETE Initial Teacher Standards revision task force, and will be co-authoring the HETE Standards manual.  Irene has also implemented a number of webinars over the past year to address assessment in school based health education as well as developing skill based health education curriculum.  She is a Council Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) on site reviewer, and a SHAPE America lead reviewer and auditor for Health Education

Irene spent 16 years teaching high school health and physical education where she was recognized as the Massachusetts Secondary Teacher of the Year in 1997.  As a high school teacher, she developed curriculum that emphasized physical fitness, physical activity, nutrition, and lifetime enjoyment of movement aligned with state and national standards. She also implemented successful before and after school activity programs that involved over 900 students yearly as well as members of the community.  In addition, Irene founded the Fighting AIDS through Education student club that provided educational programs to middle and high school students in the community.

Irene is a much sought after presenter and keynote speaker and has traveled the country to present at state and district conventions.  She has received numerous awards for her teaching and service including the American Alliance Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award, Eastern District Association Honor Award and the Tilia J. Fantasia Service Award, NHAHPERD Outstanding College/University Teacher, and the Plymouth State University Distinguished Teaching Award.