SIUE alum Matt Herndon is the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Herndon has taught physical education to sixth- to eighth-graders at Lewis and Clark Junior High School in Wood River for the past 16 years.
Herndon will be honored at the association’s state awards reception Thursday, Nov. 20, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., during the group’s annual convention.
As the state award winner, Herndon is eligible to apply for the Midwest Society of Health and Physical Educators Award Teacher of the Year and the Midwest District Teacher of the Year.
In the acknowledgement letter from awards chair Ann Hanson, Herndon was lauded for “providing students with flexible, adaptable and dynamic classroom experiences. You are an example of excellence.”
An East Alton native, Herndon achieved both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SIUE. His bachelor’s in physical education was in 1996, and he followed in 2007 with a master’s in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport management.
“I want to thank SIUE for the great education I got from my former teachers like George Luedke, Nelda Covington, John Baker, Larry Moehn, Larry Kristoff, Myrna Schild and Tasso Kaburakis,” Herndon said. “I got a quality education from some great teachers at SIUE. They pushed me and developed me in to what I am today as a teacher.”