BCS Health Specialist Wins State Honor
BCS Health Specialist Wins State Honor
Posted on 11/08/2018
BCS Health Educator Amanda Gladys speaks to a sixth-grade class at Cane Creek Middle School.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Adolescence can feel like an awkward time for both girls and boys. But BCS students are in luck, because they have specialists like Amanda “Mandy” Gladys, who combines her expert knowledge of tricky subjects with straightforward honesty.

The North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sport Management (NCAAMPERD-SM) recently named Gladys as one of two North Carolina Health Educators of the Year. The organization recognized her efforts to stay up-to-date with the most current research, her rapport with students, and her ability to make lessons informative and engaging.

“Mandy strives to maximize every teaching moment using quality instructional strategies that will assist the students in leading safe and healthy lives,” said BCS Healthful Living Coordinator Debbie Bryant. “For these reasons and many more, Mandy deserves this recognition.”

Gladys teaches human health subjects – from development to online safety and healthy dating – to sixth- through ninth-graders throughout the BCS system.

“It’s very rewarding to teach what I teach,” she said. “I want kids to know that what they’re going through is normal. I want them to know what to expect.”

Gladys stopped by Cane Creek Middle School a couple weeks ago to talk through the complexities of hormones and body changes. With her calm, friendly demeanor and straightforward, science-based, just-the-facts answers, Gladys put the students at ease and made them feel OK about the future.

“I’m not here to talk at them,” she said. “Down the road, they’ll start having to make decisions, and I want to make sure they have the facts so that they can be informed.”

Gladys is one of three BCS specialists that focus on human health. Their efforts demonstrate BCS’ commitment to student success beyond academics.

“Our school system has made it a priority to make sure we’re teaching the whole child,” she said. “It’s pretty awesome, because the kids get consistent information from the same people who are experts in the subject matter.”

Transparency matters to Gladys and to BCS. We host multiple parent preview nights each year where parents can ask questions and talk about our human development curriculum. All materials shown to students are hosted on our website.
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