November 12, 2021

RSU 14’s Stacey Turkington wins Adapted PE Teacher of the Year honors

Stacey Turkington holds her Dr. 
Richard H. Bartlett Adapted
Physical Education Teacher of the 
Year Award that she received on
Nov. 7. The award her hard work,
caring and concern for the students
that she serves.
Stacey Turkington, a RSU 14 Adapted PE teacher, has been providing adapted physical education for students for 17 of her 22 years with the district.

In these years she has thoughtfully prepared appropriate modification of traditional PE activities and equipment adjustments for those with a disability so they can partake in the traditional PE classroom. She has provided these services with genuine caring and concern, all the while putting the student first. 

Turkington was recognized for her nurturing approach to students on Sunday, Nov. 7 when she was honored with the annual Dr. Richard H. Bartlett Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award.


Between an anonymous recommendation for her efforts, along with a letter of endorsement by Principal Dr. Kyle Rhoades of Windham Primary School, Turkington was chosen as this year’s winner.


“Countless learners from our district have benefitted from Stacey’s hard work and gentle touch,” Dr. Rhoades said in his letter. “When observing her with children, you know they want to work with her because of how she presents herself. Learners feel this confidence and grow from the safe feeling created.”


Turkington said that she believes that being physically active is imperative to a student’s overall health and it is for this reason she puts heart and soul into her work – and in the students, she works alongside. 


“Running from school to school can take its toll and I must admit that there are challenging days,” Turkington said. “But it is the passion that keeps me going – that and the love for the kids. What I love the most about my job is that I have the pleasure of working with students from primary school to post-graduation.


“I get to work with most students from the age of 5 and watch them grow until the age of 21 when they age out of the program,” she said. “It is an honor to work with these students and it is the most rewarding job ever.” < 

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