Lynn M. Barry

Gardiner Middle School, Oregon City, OR

2009 National Middle School PE Teacher of the Year

I was born and raised in Medford, Oregon, just about 30 miles north of the California border.  I have a fraternal twin sister, Lisa and an older brother Steve.  I was involved in competitive gymnastics for nine years and finished my last year winning the state championship in my division.  During high school (South Medford High), I played volleyball, basketball and softball.  From then, I entered the college world.  I spent my undergraduate years at Western Oregon University, where I earned my BS in Exercise and Sport Science.  I also studied American Sign Language.  Soon after graduation from Western, I entered into Oregon State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education program.  I strongly believe that the program from OSU helped me become the teacher I am today. 

At this stage in my life, I have two beautiful children.  I have a daughter, Hannah who is eight years old and a son, Nolan, who is six. I currently teach middle school physical education at Gardiner Middle School in Oregon City and have been teaching there for 10 years.  In my free time, I like to be with my children, friends and family.  I also enjoy exercising, outdoor recreation, reading, and cooking.  I have run half marathons, a triathlon, and an Olympic duathlon.  My future goal is to run a marathon, learn German, and travel around the world! 

In the middle school level, I teach students to participate in sport-related (individual and team), cooperative, outdoor, strategic, innovative, and fitness activities.  Students will also be expected to develop personal fitness goals.  I am currently the athletic director and the PBS (Positive Behavior Support) coordinator in my school.  I continue to provide students with opportunities to be involved in after school physical activities such as a running club and a weight lifting/fitness class.  

It is my goal as a physical educator to provide students with developmentally appropriate activities that promote lifelong physical fitness, health, and recreation. I have the best job in the world!  I choose to “lead by example” in hopes that students will value and enjoy the benefits of lifetime physical activity!



2009 National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year (NASPE/AAHPERD)

2008 Northwest District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year (NWAAHPERD)

2007 Oregon Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year (OAHPERD)

2006 Oregon City School District and the Chamber of Commerce “Teacher of Distinction” Award (Teacher of the Year)

Nike “Let Me Play” Nike Special Olympic Workshop Track and Field Coach (2007-present)

Athletic & Activities Director, Gardiner Middle School (2006 –present)

Elementary & Middle school Professional Learning Communities (PLC) co-leader (2005-present)

PBS (Positive Behavior Support) school coordinator 

Mentorship of student teachers, practicum students, and 1st year PE teachers (1999-present)

Coached volleyball, dance, and track & field

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