Jason Theodosiou, a physical education teacher at Ladue Middle School, received the September 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the Sept. 27, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Jason on this prestigious recognition!
Jason has worked for the Ladue School District since January of 2004, when he took a position in physical education teaching swimming lessons at Ladue Middle School.
Jason’s colleagues will tell you that some of his greatest strengths include his attitude (he looks for the positive in any situation) and his interpersonal relationships (he connects well with ALL students). Jason models character values and embeds character education in the classroom. He is self-directed and very reflective. Jason also embraces building initiatives and seeks opportunities to incorporate them into his daily practice. He steps up and takes leadership roles and follows through on given tasks.
Jason works with his team to build and maintain an exceptional physical education program for the students. One of Jason’s major contributions to LMS is his coordination for the 8th grade sports program. The program is a free, all play/no-cut program open to all 8th graders. Its purpose is to promote sportsmanship, character, and fitness along with instruction in basic rules of the sports offered. A large percentage of 8th graders participate in the program. Jason coordinates the schedules, attends all games, and works with coaches. This program would not be what it is without Jason’s leadership.
Also, just this past year, Jason played an integral role in the physical education department’s selection as a 2016 SHAPE America Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Grant recipient. He submitted a grant proposal with a breakdown of how the funds would be used to promote student health. Thanks to Jason’s initiative and the efforts of the entire LMS Physical Education Department, LMS received the grant, and the department was able to purchase new equipment including a Polar GoFit H7 Bluetooth Heart Rate sensor 10-Kit, a Volley-Racket Class Pack and a Homedics Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor.
Here are some of his other accomplishments: Missouri State Coach of the Year for Tennis in 2010, Sectional Coach of the Year for Tennis in 2010, Chief writer of MOAHPERD (Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Exemplary Program Award in 2010 and 2013, NFL Play 60 School 2013 and Character Fitness School in 2013.
“Everyone knows Jason as a student-centered colleague, always ready to collaborate to provide more opportunities for students to learn,” Principal Greg Baber said. “Coach Theo’s dedication and commitment to LMS are valued and greatly appreciated.”
He is originally from St. Charles, Missouri. He and his wife, Jami, have been married for 12 years. The couple has two children: seven-year-old Gus, who is a second-grader at Conway Elementary; and five-year-old Max, who is in kindergarten at Conway. Jason received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Central Missouri State University in 2000. He then went on to earn his Master of Arts in Teaching from Lindenwood University in 2005.
Thank you so much, Jason, for your dedication to your students and fellow staff members in the district. Please accept this Excellence in Education Award as a symbol of our appreciation for all you do.