Taddia earns recognition

THE AMERICAN Association for Health Education (AAHE) recently announced the 2009-10 Blue Apple Health Education Awards. Angela L. Taddia, health educator from Havre de Grace Middle School, has been named a recipient. Taddia is the first middle school teacher recipient ever in the state of Maryland.

The Blue Apple Health Education Awards is an annual program honoring schools that serve as models of excellence for others across the nation in the area of school health education programs. The awards program provides up to 12 schools with national recognition for their leadership and commitment in providing quality health education that promotes healthy behaviors and increased student learning for all students.

Taddia recently graduated from Towson University with a master’s degree in health science and is currently enrolled in the Administrator Program through Towson University.

For the past seven years, she has coached varsity girls volleyball at Havre de Grace High School. She has been a primary contributor to the middle school health curriculum for Harford County Public Schools and has presented the Family Life unit to the General Curriculum Committee and the Family Life Committee. Taddia was also the first to pilot the Middle School Family Life Unit in both seventh and eighth grades. She is a member of the assessment team and wrote the eighth grade county assessment for health, which was piloted at Havre de Grace Middle this year. Additionally, she is a member of the Health Steering Committee, the PBIS team and is a STARS group advisor.

Taddia is also a mentor teacher and has completed interactive whiteboard training. She was named Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Sun for 2005 and 2006 and was named Female Coach of the Year by the Aegis in 2006.