Suffolk Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year


Nicole Alesi, William Floyd High School physical education teacher, was recently named this year’s recipient of the Suffolk Zone Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD), an honor reserved for those who demonstrate excellence in teaching and overall performance in physical education.

Alesi, who has served as both a physical education and adapted physical education teacher at William Floyd High School, has implemented creative teaching methods such as using technology through Wii Sports to help students engage in healthier fitness, as well as teaching movement through dance and fitness via the interactive Promethean board.

Outside of her role as a physical education teacher, Alesi has volunteered her time to the William Floyd community specifically with students with special needs. She is the Special Olympics coach, has chaperoned Special Olympics dances and bike-a-thons, as well as virtual activities during the pandemic to help continue engaging with her students remotely. She also serves as the head coach of unified basketball – a team that is comprised of students with special needs and general education students who work together to have fun and compete against other local schools. 

“It is an honor to be recognized as the Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year,” Alesi said. “As someone who has volunteered for the Special Olympics and worked in special education in some capacity for almost a decade, being nominated for this award is a tremendous compliment.”

Alesi is scheduled to be honored by NYS APHERD at the Suffolk Awards dinner scheduled for January 2022 at the West Sayville Country Club.


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