2014 MNAHPERD State Conference Keynote Speakers

“Teaching Learners to Think on Their Feet”


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Monday, November 3 & Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Wayzata High School

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Chris Freytag


Chris Freytag is a nationally recognized fitness expert, speaker, and contributing editor to Prevention magazine and an author of several books. Chris has served as the chairman of the board for the American Council of Exercise for several years, and was named as a top ten influencer in the world of fitness by Sharecare.  Chris has appeared nationally  in SUCCESS magazine, on The Today Show and as a regular healthy lifestyle guest on QVC. Chris also appears weekly on NBC’s Minneapolis/St. Paul affiliate Kare 11 News, in a segment called Motivation Monday, featuring  actionable nutrition and exercise tips. 


Known for her high energy style and dynamic presentations, Chris inspires audiences in both corporate settings and on the national stage with her mission to motivate bodies and empower minds.


Chris resides in Minneapolis with her husband. They have three children ages 22, 20, and 17 and a dog named Dakota. When Chris isn’t working or working out, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, outdoor activities and giving back to her community.

Deb Tackmann


Deborah L. Tackmann, B.S., M.E.P.D., (Consultant) is an exemplary health education instructor, consultant and author in the Eau Claire Area School District in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  She was selected as one of the top teachers in the nation by USA Today, was awarded national "Health Education Professional of the Year Award" by ASHA and AAHE, and is a Disney Teacher Award recipient. 


Deb is in high demand for her high energy and exemplary presentations and has keynoted and presented in over 25 different



MacKenzie Mushel


MacKenzie Mushel has been selected as the SHAPE America National Dance Education Teacher of the Year 2014 in addition to being named both the Central District and Colorado Dance TOY in 2013.  She has been teaching courses in Dance, Health, Physical Education, and Adapted Physical Education for eight years.  For the past eight years she has applied her love of movement and dance in her work with students at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, CO.  MacKenzies devoted commitment to making dance accessible to all is demonstrated every single day in the stellar work she does in and out of her classroom.  She brings a unique energy and passion to her work that reveals itself in the high expectation she sets for her students and all they accomplish in her classes.  In MacKenzies time with Poudre School District she has been nominated for PSD Promising Teacher of the Year 2008 and PSD Collaboration Award 2011.  MacKenzies dedication to preparing teachers more adequately to teach dance is evident with her innovative facilitation of professional development across the state of  Colorado and presentations at multiple state and national conventions.

Kelli Tuttle

Kelli Tuttle believes in life-long learning for herself and her own family.  Her parents used the motto, “Be whatever you want to be.”   When asked to define Kelli Tuttle there are many descriptors that one would think of:  innovative, caring, energetic, positive in all endeavors, creative, loves learning, gracious leader, and never loses sight of the student’s needs.  Kelli has been a classroom teacher for 20 years.  She has taught dance, physical education, strength & conditioning, adapted physical education, and lifeguard training.   She serves on numerous boards such as the American Red Cross, the Midwest Advisory Council for Fuel Up to Play 60, the First Tee National School Programs, Live Healthy Iowa, the Blue Zone Project and the Miracle League.  Minnesota AHPERD is very fortunate to add yet another Teacher of the Year to their presenter list – Kelli Tuttle,  2014 Secondary Teacher of the Year.


Are you a Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops For Heart coordinator who would like to take your program to the next level?  The Joint Projects office is currently accepting applications for the 2015 SHAPE America JRFH/HFH Grant Program.
All 2015 grantees will receive:  
  • $1,300 professional development stipend to attend the 2015 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Seattle, WA from March 17-21, 2015. The stipend may be used towards convention registration, travel, lodging and/or per diem. 
  • One-year SHAPE America membership (if you are not a current SHAPE America member) and (1) copy of the 2014 National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education.
  • $1,200 US Games gift certificate redeemable for equipment to enhance your school's physical education program. The gift voucher will be presented at the 2015 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Seattle, WA.
  • Invitations to special events where you will meet physical education and JRFH/HFH leaders from around the country.
  • Opportunity to share what makes your program special by contributing to The Pulse, JRFH/HFH national newsletter.

Download the application
The SHAPE America Jump Rope For Heart & Hoops For Heart Grant is available only to individuals who have completed a JRFH or HFH event in the prior school year.  If you have questions about the application, or grant program, please contact the Joint Projects office.


Minnesota is very proud of the great educators we have working with our children and young professionals. The passion, the leadership, the excellence demonstrated by our teachers is a true inspiration of our profession. Please join the MNAHPERD BOD in congratulating these three individuals that will receive recognition in St. Louis, April 1-5 at the Central District/National AAHPERD Convention. Read the Complete Release


Dr. Sue Tarr – Dr. Tarr will receive the Central District District Scholar award

Mike Doyle – Mike will be awarded the Central District Adapted Physical Education (K-12) Teacher of the Year

Amy Kaiser – Amy Kaiser is receiving a Central District Honor Award

One year ago the MNAHPERD Board of Directors established an August to August membership enrollment. This is a reminder that all memberships will be due on August 1, 2013. You may fill out the mail in registration form or you may update on-line. If you do not wish to pay the credit card fee for on-line registration, it is perfectly acceptable to mail your membership with a check to Nancy Christensen – 25673 Muskrat Lake Dr., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501. You will receive a receipt with a membership card either way. We know that sometimes confusion results when there is change, we apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!! Register Online for 2014 Membership

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President's Welcome

I am honored to lead our organization during 2014! We have a wealth of knowledge, experience, passion, and energy on our Board of Directors as well as thousands of health/physical educators (HPE) and developmental adapted physical educators (DAPE) across the state that all can work together to focus on the health and well-being of our school-age children.

We still have a lot to do in our profession to ensure that the students of Minnesota have access to knowledge and opportunities to learn (and practice) positive health and physical education behaviors/skills. As Dr. Jane Greenberg (2013 conference keynote speaker) noted, this generation’s children will live 5 years LESS than their parents! It MUST be our mission as HPE/DAPE educators in Minnesota to give them these 5 years back and much, much MORE!

My goals for this year include increasing membership, especially future professionals – as they are our future! I am also focused on increasing our regional workshops – getting ‘good stuff’ out to teachers in their own backyard. This is especially important for those teachers who are unable to attend the fall conference and for teachers to have options DURING the year to get rejuvenated! Finally, I am excited about our fall 2014 conference and putting together yet ANOTHER great conference for the HPE/DAPE teachers in the state!

Here is to a GREAT 2014 – email me ( ) with ANY suggestions, questions, or concerns regarding our organization! Looking forward to seeing you at a regional workshop and the fall conference November 3-4 at Wayzata High School!


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