Melanie Lynch graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She then earned her Master’s degree, also at Penn State, in Counselor Education with an emphasis on eating disorders and chemical dependency. Melanie is in her 21st year as a Health Education Specialist at State College Area High School.
Melanie served PSAHPERD for five years in the roll as Vice-President of Health Education. She is currently serving as Past- President for PSAHPERD She frequently presents throughout the state and nationally on body image and eating disorders. Her signature presentation is her high-energy lesson plan sharing session entitled “Let’s Have Fun in Health Class Today.” It is Melanie’s passion to create and find skills-based lesson plans that will engage students in the classroom in order to enhance their health literacy, while also having a darn good time in class.
Melanie has co-authored the health textbook, Comprehensive Health, being used in her health classes. Goodheart-Willlcox published the book in late 2014. Melanie was one of the original four Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) trainers for the state of Pennsylvania. Melanie currently teaches an online Health Education course through Eduspire that teaches the SHAPE America’s Best Practices in Health Education. The course has a technology focus. You can find the course Teaching Tech in Health Education at www.Eduspire.org.
In addition to her teaching duties, Melanie has served on her school’s SAP (Student Assistance Program) team for the past twenty years, implementing programs to educate every new teacher in her district on the dangers of eating disorders and how to identify students struggling with food and weight issues.
In 2004, PSAHPERD named Melanie Pennsylvania’s Health Educator of the Year. SHAPE America named Melanie the Health Education Teacher of the Year for the Eastern District in 2012. Also in 2012, PSAHPERD awarded Melanie with its prestigious Professional Honor Award. Melanie was selected as the recipient of the 2015 SHAPE America Eastern District Outstanding Professional Award in Health and most recently, SHAPE America named Melanie its National Health Teacher of the Year for 2016.